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Definition of graphene

: an extremely electrically conductive form of elemental carbon that is composed of a single flat sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a repeating hexagonal lattice

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Recent Examples on the Web Look for graphene to show up in more sports equipment in the coming years; the material can make just about anything stronger and lighter, from tennis rackets to Formula 1 cars. Parker Hall, Wired, "Skis That Will Handle Anything the Mountain Delivers," 17 Dec. 2019 But carbon nanotubes, a sort of cousin to graphene, has been quietly staking out its own place in the world of materials science. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Why This New 16-Bit Carbon Nanotube Processor Is Such a Big Deal," 28 Aug. 2019 Wang’s team previously pioneered a technique to spot unique optical signatures in trilayer graphene. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Trilayer graphene shows signs of superconductivity," 17 July 2019 Scientists at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden used graphene, a nanomaterial popularly used in these tiny sensors, to create their accelerometer, which, as the name suggests, measures acceleration. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The World's Smallest Accelerometer Could Transform Wearables," 3 Sep. 2019 In the case of graphene, the natural orientation of the six-carbon hexagons in the single-layer sheets is mimicked and amplified to far larger scales by the moiré effect. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: Magic Moiré in Twisted Graphene," 26 July 2019 The blockbuster discovery last year of superconductivity in a material called twisted bilayer graphene caught theorists off guard. Quanta Magazine, "What’s the Magic Behind Graphene’s ‘Magic’ Angle?," 28 May 2019 The promise of carbon lies with a material called graphene, which is only one carbon atom thick. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Milestone Carbon-Nanotube Microchip Sends First Message: ‘Hello World!’," 30 Aug. 2019 While breakthroughs in energy storage technologies like solid state batteries, graphene supercapacitors and hydrogen fuel cells occur regularly, these technologies have underlying complications that come with them. Gene Berdichevsky For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The electric car revolution will require us to build better batteries," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of graphene

1985, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of graphene was in 1985

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8 Jan 2020

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“Graphene.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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