If we live in simulated reality, graphene is a cheat code.
The unique properties of graphene and its derivatives are the major areas of interest, each of which seems to be superior to rival materials. This material boasts a plethora of unique properties that include: high mechanical strength, high thermal and electrical conductivity, extremely large surface area, and barrier/membrane properties. The intrinsic properties of graphene have resulted in graphene having many potential practical applications in the areas of electronics, optoelectronics, sensors/detectors, composites/barriers, fundamental metrology. Graphene is poised to become a central component of the energy infrastructure, computer chips, bioelectronic eye implants, flexible screens, rapid removal of the most toxic and radioactive human-made radionuclides from contaminated water after nuclear disasters. It won’t be very long before almost every industry is disrupted by it.
The industry of lubricants has fallen to graphene. Gunny Glide lubricant is based on graphene and h-BN. The combination of these 2D materials in flake form present a robust superlubric behavior which persists regardless of the relative flake-substrate orientation. The superlubricity is a 100% quantum effect related to repulsions between overlapping electron clouds. Gunny Glide is the most advanced product sold by Gritomatic. Scott Gunn, you did it!
We are at the beginning of the world transformation. I want to honor my fellow countrymen responsible for the graphene revolution - Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov at the University of Manchester. They were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for work on graphene. Andre Geim is the only person who received both Nobel and Ig Nobel, a good-natured parody of the Nobel Prizes that honors "achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think." Andre Geim Ig Nobel Prize in 2000 for the magnetic levitation of a live frog. If he hadn't done the frog, we wouldn't have the graphene revolution now. How comes?
God has a great sense of humor.
Geim hosted “Friday Night Experiments” for everything that can be described by the word "irresponsible". Out of the two dozen or so attempted FNEs, three have been hits. The flying frog was the first. The second was “gecko tape”. The third FNE hit was the Nobel Prize–winning isolation of graphene. Geim and Novoselov found graphene hiding out in the graphite from an ordinary pencil. They isolated it with a tool that seemed even more rudimentary a piece of Scotch tape. Unfortunately, the physicists had never worked with carbon before. The Geim lab was also observing graphite using scanning tunneling microscopy. The experimenters would clean the samples beforehand using Scotch tape, which they would then discard. The physicists took it out of the trash and just used it. The flakes of graphite on the tape from the waste bin were very fine and thin. The team submitted a paper summarizing their findings to Nature. The journal rejected it twice because it “not constitute a sufficient scientific advance".
Every time you will use Gunny Glide or anything with graphene, think about the levitating frog.