Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World

Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World

by Les Johnson, Joseph E. Meany


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Two scientists give an enthusiastic, layperson's overview of a new supermaterial now in development that could transform many features of daily life, from creating new conveniences to improving health and safety.

What if you discovered an infinitesimally thin material capable of conducting electricity, able to suspend millions of times its own weight, and yet porous enough to filter the murkiest water? And what if this incredible substance is created from the same element that fills the common pencil? That's graphene—a flat, two-dimensional, carbon-based molecule with a single sheet measuring only one atom thick.

In this layperson's introduction to this revolutionary substance, a physicist and a chemist explain how graphene was developed, discuss the problems in scaling up production for large-scale commercial use, and forecast the potentially transformative effects of incorporating graphene into everyday life. Recent research developments include adding graphene to Silly Putty to make extremely sensitive and malleable medical sensors and compressing and fusing flakes of graphene to create a three-dimensional material that's ten times stronger than steel.

This widely adaptable substance promises to change the way we interact with smartphones, laptops, information storage, and even condoms. It may also enable significant improvements to air purification, water filtration technologies, and drug delivery.

This entertaining and widely accessible book offers a fascinating look into one of the most exciting developments in materials science in recent decades.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633883253
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Pages: 269
Sales rank: 309,481
Product dimensions: 6.11(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Les Johnson is a physicist and the author of numerous popular science and science fiction books. He is also the Senior Technical Adviser for NASA's Advanced Concepts Office at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where he serves as the Principal Investigator for the Near Earth Asteroid Scout solar sail mission that will launch in 2018. While at NASA he has managed the Interstellar Propulsion Research Project, the In-Space Propulsion Technology Program, and the Science Programs & Projects Office. He has thrice received NASA's Exceptional Achievement Medal, and holds four space technology patents.

Joseph E. Meany, PhD, is a laboratory consultant and is on the organizing committee of the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, Oak Ridge, TN. Meany's research has focused on the development and manufacture of conductive carbon-based molecules in electrical circuits, a quickly developing subfield within nanotechnology. He has written articles for Baen Books and has appeared as a contributor in Nature Chemistry and Chemical and Engineering News.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9

Part 1 Discovery and Controversy

Chapter 1 Carbon, Carbon, Everywhere! 15

Chapter 2 What Happened to the Other Carbon Miracle Materials? 41

Chapter 3 The Discovery of Graphene 73

Part 2 Infiltrating Our Lives

Chapter 4 A Miracle Material Waiting to Burst Forth 93

Chapter 5 Coming Soon to a Store near You? Or, So What? 129

Chapter 6 Graphene Supercharged 139

Part 3 Winners and Losers

Chapter 7 Disruption 157

Chapter 8 Obstacles 171

Part 4 What's Next?

Chapter 9 Graphene in Space! 185

Chapter 10 Graphene Cybernetic Organisms 203

Chapter 11 Using the Rest of the Table 219

Afterword 237

Acknowledgments 241

Appendix 243

Notes 247

Index 265

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