What is Graphene? Graphene is a carbon allotrope consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice.
The potential commercial applications for graphene are vast. Graphene has the capacity to change the face of almost every manufacturing industry in the world – from electronics and renewable energy to water treatment, construction and aerospace engineering. It will be at the heart of Industry 4.0.
Graphene is important as an ingredient material because of the plethora of “super” qualities that it has, which can be imparted into other hybrid materials, thus becoming a game changer for all levels of manufacturing.
Graphene is the strongest material ever tested, it’s the most electrically and thermally conductive material. It is impervious to all gases. It is extraordinarily hydrophobic. Because it is only one atom thick it is nearly transparent. The list goes on.
In October 2017, the world’s first ISO (International Organisation for Standardization) graphene standard was published. ISO/TS 80004-13:2017 lists terms and definitions for graphene and related two-dimensional (2D) materials, and includes related terms naming production methods, properties and their characterization. Publication of the standard represents the powerful global drive to bring graphene technologies into mainstream industrial applications.