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This Material Will Power the Future — If Somebody Can Profit From It

 In the past Geim had levitated a frog with a magnetic field and won an IgNoble Award. On this Friday in 2004, the two professors were toying around with a strip of Sellotape. They stuck it to a piece of ordinary graphite, and then carefully peeled up a one-atom-thin flake of the element.

Simple sounding, but the two Russian-born physicists had just done something that many had tried — and failed — to do in the past and which could very well alter the future.

The single-atom-thin flake of graphite, once isolated, was found to possess a revolutionary array of properties: electrical conductivity 100 times faster than silicon; strength 200 times greater than steel; astounding optical and thermal characteristics.

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