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Graphene, even if stitched together, is strongest material in the world

Ross Cronkrite | Science Recorder | June 02, 2013

Graphene, even if stitched together, is strongest material in the world

The researchers believe that grain boundaries in 2D materials can be a lot more sensitive to processing than in 3D materials.

Researchers from Columbia University have shown that graphene, even if stitched together from many small crystalline grains, is the strongest material in the world. This experiment brings to a successful conclusion that contradiction between theoretical models, which predicted that grain boundaries can be very strong, and earlier experiments, which suggested that they were a lot weaker than the perfect lattice.

According to CNN, graphene is a one-atom thick layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice. This arrangement gives graphene unique properties. For instance, electrical currents in graphene travel faster than in any other material known to man.

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