Fox News wrote:British-based scientists have created what they claim is the thinnest material in the world and predict that it will revolutionize computing and medical research.
A layer of carbon has been manufactured in a film only one atom thick that defies the laws of physics.
Placed in layers on top of each other, it would take 200,000 of these membranes to match the thickness of a human hair.
The substance, graphene, was created two years ago but could be made only when stuck to another material. Researchers at the University of Manchester , England, have now managed to manufacture it as a film suspended between the nanoscale bars of scaffolding made from gold.
Such a feat was held to be impossible by theorists, backed up by experimentation, because it is in effect a two-dimensional crystal that is supposed to be destroyed instantly by heat.
The crystalline membrane, comprising of carbon atoms formed into hexagonal groups to create a honeycomb pattern, is thought to be able to exist because rather than lying flat it undulates slightly.
Undulation provides the structure with a third dimension that gives it the strength to hold together, the researchers have reported in the journal Nature .
The graphene membrane has proved to be so stable that it holds together in vacuums and at room temperature. All other known materials oxidize, decompose and become unstable at sizes ten times the thickness.
thats pretty darn cool, i wonder how strong and flexible the material is, the source mentions application in computing and medicine, however given the relative strength of most nanoscale materials, i can also see application in ultra-light body armour.
Anyway, thought it was interesting so figured i'd post it here!