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Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World
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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.
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Les Johnson. (2018). Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World. Prometheus Books.

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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.
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        NASA physicist Johnson (coauthor, On to the Asteroid) and researcher Meany review the history and chemistry of graphene and survey potentially transformative uses in all areas of engineering. Graphene is a form of pure carbon (like diamonds or the graphite in pencil lead) that is a sheet of atoms arranged in hexagons. This gives it distinctive mechanical, chemical, and electrical properties such as lightness, transparency, strength, slipperiness, and excellent electrical conductivity in two dimensions. Researchers are seeking to capitalize on these qualities by incorporating graphene and the related form, carbon nanotubes, into a variety of applications including construction material, power generation, delivery electronics, and medicine, among other items. The authors attempt to balance their enthusiastic presentation with a few caveats: there is at present no scalable method for producing graphene in industrial quantities, converting existing manufacturing processes to use graphene will be taking a risk (especially in risk-averse industries such as aerospace), the long-term health effects of graphene are unknown, and technologies may be patented but not developed. Occasional rhetorical tangents are only slight detractions. VERDICT A timely book that gives tech enthusiasts insight into a material poised to help make many engineering dreams a reality.--Wade M. Lee, Univ. of Toledo Lib.

        Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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