Researchers have been predicting for several years that a form of graphene known as “buckypaper”, which is hundreds of times stronger than steel and much lighter, could be used to make airplanes, electronic components, batteries and hundreds of other products. A team from the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia) has announced results that bring the reality of buckypaper closer.
A breakthrough on paper that’s stronger than steel – [uts.edu.au]
UTS scientists have reported remarkable results in developing a composite material based on graphite that is a thin as paper and ten times stronger than steel.
In work recently published in the Journal of Applied Physics, a UTS research team supervised by Professor Guoxiu Wang has developed reproducible test results and nanostructural samples of graphene paper, a material with the potential to revolutionise the automotive, aviation, electrical and optical industries.
Graphene paper (GP) is a material that can be processed, reshaped and reformed from its original raw material state – graphite. Researchers at UTS have successfully milled the raw graphite by purifying and filtering it with chemicals to reshape and reform it into nano-structured configurations which are then processed into sheets as thin as paper.
New Graphene Super Paper is 10x Stronger Than Steel – [inhabitat.com]
Graphene offers many advantages over steel – it’s two times as hard, six times lighter and ten times higher in tensile strength. This translates into a next-gen material that could immensely benefit the automotive and aviation industries. Lighter planes and cars use less fuel and create less pollution. Companies such as Boeing have already begun using carbon-based materials, so graphene paper would be the next logical step.
Future Planes, Cars May Be Made of ‘Buckypaper’ – [youtube.com]
It’s called ‘buckypaper’ and looks a lot like ordinary carbon paper, but don’t be fooled by the cute name or flimsy appearance. It could revolutionize the way everything from airplanes to TVs are made. (Oct. 18, 2008)