CBC News reported that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given US$100,000 to a research team from the University of Manchester so that it can develop a "super thin and durable" condom made of latex and graphene. The research will be led by Aravind Vijayaraghavan.
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Industrial Minerals' Laura Syrett took a look at the benefits of making graphene using natural graphite as a "parent material."
In a recent article for Industrial Minerals, Simon Moores explains that although private graphite producers have largely not enjoyed the sector's recent influx of junior companies, those juniors are improving the industry by encouraging competition and continual improvement while also pushing the search for new markets and demand.
Industrial Minerals reported that prices for flake 97-percent carbon -100 mesh graphite, which is generally used by high-tech and niche industries, are more than 14 percent lower than they were at the beginning of the third quarter of this year.
CNN posted an interview with Andre Geim, a Manchester University physics professor who is also one of the discoverers of graphene. He told the news outlet that thus far graphene development has progressed very quickly, meaning that the material may appear in consumer products sooner than might be expected.
In a recent Forbes article on the relationship between graphene and clean technology, Tom Konrad notes that the majority of respondents to a poll he conducted believe that graphene is likely to be commercialized in under five years.
R&D Mag recently reported that scientists are considering making computer chips using DNA based on graphene. In order to build more powerful computer chips, researchers at Stanford University have come to the conclusion that they need material that will enable them to build a smaller transistor that uses less power.
EE Times reported that researchers at Michigan Technical University have discovered that a 3D graphene structure can function as a cheaper and more conductive alternative to platinum in solar cells.
MIT Technology Review reported that Mingjie Liu and a team of chemists from Houston's Rice University have calculated the properties of carbyne, a form of carbon that is "stronger, stiffer and more exotic" than any material seen before — including diamonds and graphene.
A new report from Transparency Market Research reveals that the market for nancomposites — a category that includes graphene — is expected to be worth US$5.91 billion by 2018; it was worth just $1.91 billion in 2011.