Researchers from U. of Exeter have created a revolutionary material adapted from graphene. ‘GraphExeter’ is only 1-atom thick and is claiming to be “the most transparent, lightweight +flexible material ever for conducting electricity.” The material can be sandwiched between non-electrical objects and turn them into devices, meaning a t-shirt can be embedded w/ a touchscreen MP3 player, or the sleeve of a jacket contains a digital watch. Possibilities are endless for wearable electronics.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have created low-density, super-strong aerogels made of carbon nanotubes that could be key to cleaning up oil spills. The new material is lighter than air but can absorb 900 times its own weight.