If you’ve been keeping an eye on recent scientific developments, it’s quite likely you’ve at least come across the word graphene at least once.
While the substance was technically discovered around the 1940s, it wasn’t until 2004 that we got a glimpse of its true potential when scientists Konstantin Novoselov and Andre Geim decided to try using this material as an alternative to silicon to be used in electronics.
The result? Graphene proved not only to be suitable but far exceeded the researchers’ expectations and was thus brought to the full attention of the scientific community, who by 2010 had found scores of other applications for this remarkable material.
But, what is Graphene?
The closest thing to graphene you probably know is graphite, or to put it in even simpler terms, the material used in pencil leads. Now graphene is technically the same as graphite; it has the same atomic structure of each carbon atoms bonded to three others in what appears to be a mesh of carbon.
Expect in graphite; the meshes are stacked in layers that are loosely connected resulting in a low strength material, which is the reason why your pencil nib breaks so often. Graphene, however, is just one layer of graphite, one single sheet of carbon atoms, all bonded with incredible strength, giving you a material that’s unimaginably flexible, tougher than steel, immune to corrosion, and better than any other material at conducting heat or electricity.
Sweet. What’s it good for though?
What’s it good for? We’re talking about a super-material here, one with almost limitless applications! For starters, there are electronics. Graphene isn’t just a great conductor of electricity; it’s also only one atomic layer thin.
Meaning we could be looking at dumbfoundingly small gadgets, capable of processing capacities far beyond what we have today. We could even be looking at devices so small and flexible they’d be used for muscle assistance without the least bit of hindrance to the user. They’re also applicable to solar cells and water filtration plants, meaning this material would help us towards a more sustainable future, and can even be used in paint. Paint!
And there’s so, SO much more….
How does Grapheneum fit into all of this?
On the surface, Grapheneum appears to be your run-off-the-mill cryptocurrency, based on the Ethereum platform. There is, however, one big exception. Grapheneum was launched solely to promote research into Graphene, a material with nearly limitless potential and in need of much more study. Which is why, in this writer’s humble opinion, it is NO ORDINARY cryptocurrency.