Always new ideas to bubble up….Graphene*

A cloth of woven carbon fiber filaments is com...

A cloth of woven carbon fiber filaments is commonly used for reinforcement in composite materials. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I came across this post about a new use for carbon fiber— really awesome use of a common material.  I love that it starts as simply as carbon from a pencil collected on scotch tape, and leads to a very simple manufacturing process of coating plastic with carbon, setting it up with a laser, and using it as a capacitor to distribute energy.  Just amazing!

In 2004, physicists at theUniversity of Manchester and the Institute for Microelectronics Technology, Chernogolovka, Russia, first isolated individual graphene planes by using adhesive tape.[14] They also measured electronic properties of the obtained flakes and showed their unique properties.[15] In 2005 the same Manchester Geim group together with the Philip Kim group from Columbia University (see the History section) demonstrated that quasiparticles in graphene were massless Dirac fermions. These discoveries led to an explosion of interest in graphene.  [Wikipedia]

Watch this little film…I promise you will be amazed too!

Once on a CD presentation, I heard some futurists talking about — the future.  One in particular impressed me with his comment, that as creative beings, we will always invent and aspire our way out of problems.  It’s just in our nature!  This seems to be true of these guys working with carbon fiber.  They won the Nobel Prize for it too.  Whooo-hoo!


About Alexis Wittman

Artist and Designer. Gallery in Charlevoix, Michigan, USA Architectural Engineer/Designer owner of Architectural Research + Design. AR+D provides research on facility design, architectural process, product design, owner's representation and project management. Design services available for large institutional design, as well as a specialty in green building techniques and services. Work includes both passive and active solar, straw-bale and rammed earth systems as well as evolving technologies. I am also a Christian Science Practitioner. Visit my blog at You may follow this link for a Paypal donation. Wittman, C.S.&currency_code=USD&bn=PP-DonationsBF:btn_donateCC_LG.gif:NonHosted
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