Honeycomb structure of graphene
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What is 'miracle material' graphene?

15 January 2013 Last updated at 10:49 GMT

Graphene has been called a "miracle material" and it is thought that it could become as common as plastic in a few years.

It is a single layer of carbon atoms arranged like honeycomb, but it is stronger than diamond, more conductive than copper and more flexible than rubber.

Dr Branson Belle from the University of Manchester works with graphene.