Now, the reason for all the fuss around this material is quite simple, it’s absolutely amazing! I’m just going to lay out some of the properties of Graphene for a single layer one atom thick. A single layer of this material compared to a single layer of steel is about 100 times stronger.
It conducts electricity thirteen times better than copper and it conducts heat at a far better level than most other materials known to man. On a more atomic level, the material arranges itself in such a way as to not permit even the smallest atom, Helium, to pass through from one side to the other. It’s almost completely impermeable. Oh, and I forgot to mention, its toughness is right up there with diamonds.
These extraordinary properties have led the way to a whole new class of materials. Nano-tubes and nano-sheets are being used in the application of transistors, thermal management, energy storage and management, lubricants and coatings, and can be modeled into building components.
This year, the Second Annual Graphene Automotive Convention was held in the U.S. and its European brother is coming up in September. Key topics discussed include graphene availability and market supply, quality and standardization of graphene materials and new developments in manufacturing processes and material integration. The latest results include new developments in graphene-based composites. All of it for the automotive industry.
Graphene research into its applications has yielded for the auto industry composites and coatings that promise to make light, strong and safer vehicles. it has already been spotted replacing carbon fiber components by a number of manufacturers.
Its electrical properties have already seen applications in lithium batteries as well, and some speculate that lithium may be replaced all together in the near future.
About the venture, CEO of XG, Philip Rose, adds, “We are excited about the performance benefits our products are able to provide to Ford and Eagle Industries. Working with early adopters such as Ford Motor Company demonstrates the potential for graphene in multiple applications, and we look forward to extending our collaboration into other materials, and enabling further performance improvements."
None other than Lamborghini and M.I.T. have been teaming up to show off their own capabilities - including here the gorgeous Terzo Millennio Concept, whose body is made from graphene. All kinds of automotive uses for graphene have also hit the streets and it’s no wonder. New limits of speed will be tested and set, and then likely broken.