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Graphene's Strength Lies in Its Defects

November 11, 2010

Vivek Shenoy with a graduate student Materials engineers at Brown University have found that the juncture at which graphene sheets meet does not compromise the material's strength. These so-called grain boundaries are so strong, in fact, that the sheets are nearly as strong as pure graphene. The trick lies in the angles at which the individual sheets are stitched together. Results are published in the Nov. 12, 2010, issue of Science. Full Story

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