Finding the Killer App for Graphene
In 2002, a researcher experimenting with graphite -- aka pencil lead -- in physics professor Andre Geim’s lab at the U.K.’s University of Manchester discovered an ultra-thin layer of the substance sticking to a piece of Scotch tape in a wastebasket. Geim took the tape, folded it and pulled it apart a few times, and saw under a microscope that the layer kept getting thinner. As John Colapinto told the story in the New Yorker in 2014:
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