A research team at the MIT have discovered a way to make the world’s strongest material Graphene even stronger.
“Once we created these 3D structures, we wanted to see what’s the limit—what’s the strongest possible material we can produce,” said Zhao Qin, CEE research scientist and study co-author. “One of our samples has five percent the density of steel, but 10 times the strength.”
Graphene is a thin layer of pure carbon. It is made of a single layer of tightly packed carbon atoms arranged in two dimensions. The atoms are bonded together in a hexagonal honeycomb configuration that gives graphene its strength.