Nokia begins work on graphene, world's strongest material

A model of a sheet of graphene.

(Credit: Swedish Academy of Sciences)

The mobile phone manufacturer receives a $ 1.35 billion grant to work on the development of 2D wonder-material that is stronger, lighter, and thinner than anything else in the world.

Forget diamonds, graphene is now hardest material in the world. And all kinds of developers will most likely want to get their hands on it.

Nokia seems to be ahead of the game in this race graphene. The Finnish mobile phone manufacturer announced today that it has been one of the beneficiaries of a grant for $ 1.35 billion from the European Union to do research and development on supermaterial over the next 10 years.

“Nokia is proud to be involved in this project, and we have deep roots in the field – we started working with graphene in 2006,” Nokia CTO Henry Tirri said in a statement. “Since then, we have learned to identify areas where this material can be applied in modern computing environments. We’ve done a job very promising so far, but I think great things are yet to be discovered.”

Besides being the hardest substance in the world – 300 times stronger than steel – graphene has a whole host of other qualities worthy of note. It ‘also the thinnest ever object obtained by man – the measure just one atom thick – and lighter. E ‘consists of a 2D crystal and looks a bit’ like duct tape, only infinitely more subtle. Graphene is also transparent, flexible, and a much better conductor of copper.

If Nokia has happened in its development of the material, will be able to build mobile phones that are extremely light, durable and less subject to overheating.

“When it comes to graphene, we have reached a point of no return. We are looking at the beginning of a revolution graphene,” Jani Kivioja, research leader of Nokia Research Center, said in the statement. “Before this time, we found a low cost way for the production of iron that led to the industrial revolution. Then there was silicon. Now is the time to graphene.”

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