Thursday, April 21, 2011

Scientists create super-material that is thinner than paper but stronger than steel - 21st Apr 2011

Scientists have developed a super-material that is thinner than paper but ten times stronger than steel.

Developers of graphene paper, a compound based on graphite, claim it is not only lighter, stronger, harder and more flexible than steel, but also eco-friendly.

They say it will revolutionise both the commercial and engineering industries - particularly car and aeroplane manufacturing.

Lead researcher Ali Reza Ranjbartoreh said: 'No one else has used a similar production and heat testing method to find and carry out such exceptional mechanical properties for graphene paper. We are definitely well ahead of other research societies.

'The exceptional mechanical properties of synthesised GP render it a promising material for commercial and engineering applications.

'Not only is it lighter, stronger, harder and more flexible than steel it is also a recyclable and sustainable manufacturable product that is eco-friendly and cost effective in its use.' Read More