A race is on among universities and companies like Apple, IBM and Samsung to patent graphene for mobile devices, wearable electronics, airplanes and every other imaginable use.
Graphene is the thinnest material known. But it is exceedingly strong, light and flexible. It is exceptional at conducting electricity and heat, and at absorbing and emitting light.
"Graphene is the same sort of material, like steel or plastic or silicon that can really change society," says Dr. Ferrari, who leads a band of about 40 graphene researchers at the University of Cambridge.
Via Kenneth Mikkelsen