Since its discovery in 2004, graphene continues to surprise researchers who are gradually discovering its extraordinary properties. The latest discovery is that this material would be able to produce clean and unlimited energy.
Theorised for decades but isolated for the first time in 2004 by Manchester University researcher André Geim (2010 Nobel Prize), graphene continues to inspire scientists around the world. In 2016, a team of researchers from the University of Arkansas, led by the American physicist Paul Thibado, investigated the movements of this material before publishing its findings in the journal Physical Review letters .
Equipped with a tunneling microscope, scientists realized that the atoms composing graphene vibrated and bent according to particular movements to produce energy. The experiment allowed scientists to unexpectedly produce 10 microwatts of continuous, lossless energy with a graphene sheet of only 10 micrometers out of 10.
Graphene would therefore be able to produce continuous energy without outside help, and without any pollution for the environment. A revolutionary discovery for Paul Thibado: “It would be great to provide all the energy needed for your watch to work, without ever having to plug or replace batteries (…) it’s like a perpetual battery, who never needs to be replaced “he enthuses in a video posted on YouTube a few days ago.
Graphene, material “miracle”
And again, this is just one of the many almost magical properties of graphene. According to the European project ” The Graphene Flagship “, funded for one billion euros over 10 years by the European Commission, its qualities make it a stronger material than diamond, 300 times more resistant than steel, while being a million times smaller than a hair, ie as thin as an atom. Transparent, graphene is also an excellent conductor of electricity and heat, and its flexibility can make it take the desired shape without risk of breaking it.
Upcoming innovations in the industry
Manufacturers have been seizing this material for several years to create the technologies of the future. The flexible graphene screens of British company FlexEnable , invented in 2014 after several years of research, are so fine that they remind fans of the Harry Potter saga the animated newspapers of the Daily Prophet .
The graphene motorcycle helmet of the Italian company Momo Design , it dampens shocks better than any other material. At the end of November, Samsung patented a graphene charger capable of fully inflating a phone in just 12 minutes and without risk of overheating. No doubt, this technology, which could definitely solve the problems of autonomy of smartphones, will burst into our daily lives.