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Graphene: the wonder material of the 21st century Bendable and transparent smart phones, lighter air planes... All this and much more could soon become reality thanks to graphene. On 2 June, MEPs discussed with experts the potential of using the wonder material in various sectors, from electronics to health. Nobel Prize laureate Konstantin Novoselov, who co-discovered graphene, said: “Science is the easy part. To develop a technology, you should know what products you are aiming at, and this should be coming from the industry." Published: 04-06-2015 Last updated: 04-06-2015 - 17:43 Carbon nanotube pellet. Carbon nanotubes are one atom thick sheets of graphite, called graphene, rolled into cylindrical form ©BELGA_SCIENCE What graphene is Graphene was discovered in 2004 by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, who received the Nobel Prize in Physics for this in 2010. It is a material made of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice. Being a million times thinner than a human hair, it is the thinnest object ever created. Not only is graphene lightweight and flexible, it is also the world's strongest material, being 200 times stronger than steel. It also conducts electricity faster than most other materials and if stacked in layers it forms graphite, which is also found in pencils.

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