How does graphene help the Internet?


Graphene is a very light substance, made of pure carbon and similar to graphite, with properties that in the future will allow a remarkable increase in the speed of the Internet.

This material is capable of capturing light and transmitting energy at high speeds, but up to now it had the disadvantage of not making use of a large portion of the light captured. Russian Nobel prizewinners Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov  have found the solution to the problem by combining graphene  with metallic  nanostructures  that capture up to 20 times more light than previously possible.

This could be used in the creation of high-speed  fibre optic cables that will increase hundreds of times the speed of communications in all systems that use this type of cables, such as mobile telephones and Internet.

Apart from the fact that thanks to this discovery the transmission of the Internet may be accelerated, graphene could also be applied to a great variety of devices including photodetectors or solar cells.

In addition, another of the discoveries that has been made is that due to this material’s  energy storage capacity, a new type of  batteries for appliances could be produced that would take much less time to recharge and would last much longer.

¿What other applications are there for graphene?

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