Yes, materials, by nature, are 3D, but this one is the thinnest of them all. It’s also super-conductive, super flexible and makes steel look like a 90-lb weakling. At one atom thick, Graphene is the newest in materials being studied for applications in high-speed computers and other nanotechnology.

It’s a material that was first discovered in 2004, but since then, scientist have found new ways of adhering it to copper foil and most recently to silicon wafers using an isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution allowing the Graphene to be detached. Why is this interesting?

With the ability to use a sheet of Graphene without a substrate, you get a material that can be rolled, bent, and formed to a multitude of shapes. Add electical conductivity to the mix and you get super-thin capacitive touch-screens or flexible displays and devices. Now, allow these screens to be transformed into 3-dimensional shapes that can also perform calculations themselves and you get a whole new way of interacting with objects in 3D space.

The '2-dimensional sheet'  of the thinnest 3D material via <a href"http://www.lbl.gov/Science-Articles/Archive/sabl/2007/Nov/gap.html"> lbl.gov</a>
The ‘2-dimensional sheet’ of the thinnest 3D material via lbl.gov

Graphene Nanofabric via <a href="http://www.condmat.physics.manchester.ac.uk/pictures/">University of Manchester</a>
Graphene Nanofabric via University of Manchester

Via PhysOrg

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