How graphene and concrete could merge
In 2004, graphene was first isolated by researchers at the UK’s University of Manchester. Professors Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov received a Nobel Prize for their efforts. Pure crystalline graphene is a wonder material a single atom thick. The 2D material is a million times thinner than a human hair. It conducts heat and electricity more efficiently than copper or gold. It is so dense that even the tiniest gas atoms cannot pass through it.
The contrast between concrete and graphene is quite stark. Humanity has fashioned important structures from concrete for thousands of years. Graphene is a 21st-century phenomenon.
Since graphene is 200 times stronger than steel, researchers quickly surmised that it could make concrete far stronger and more resilient.
Today, there are several companies empowering concrete with Graphene and in a not so distant future we will sure be seeing full graphene-enhanced highways.