October 27th, 2004

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Graphene, the world’s first 2-dimensional fabric

GrapheneResearchers at The University of Manchester and Chernogolovka, Russia have created the first-ever single-atom-thick substance, a fabric they call “graphene”.  The substance is stable, flexible, and highly conductive, and researchers believe it could be used to create computers made from a single molecule.  Professor Andre Geim at The University of Manchester was able to extract a single plane of graphite crystal, resulting in the new fabric.  The hope is that the fabric will be used in the future to create nanotubes, transistors for microscopic computers, that could result in some seriously small electronic gadgetry.

http://engadget.com/entry/5338013812480870/