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Mark Miodownik describes the discovery of graphene. It’s the toughest material we know, 200 times stronger than steel, and able to carry electricity at 1 million metres per second. It was discovered in 2004 by the Noble Prize winning duo, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, from the University of Manchester. Mark meets Andre Geim who explains some of the properties of his discovery.
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11 May 2012

Classroom Ideas

Use the clip to introduce graphene and its properties and uses. During the clip, encourage students to take notes on the properities of graphene. After the clip, discuss ways in which graphene could best be used. Compare the structure of graphene with that of other forms of carbon and with some of the materials it has similar properties to, such as metals and silicon.