Imagine "crystals one atom or molecule thick, essentially two-dimensional planes of atoms shaved from conventional crystals," said Nobel Laureate Andre Geim in New Scientist. "Graphene is stronger and stiffer than diamond, yet can be stretched by a quarter of its length, like rubber. Its surface area is the largest known for its weight." These are part of the many extraordinary properties possessed by graphene, a one-atom-thick film of carbon whose strength, flexibility and electrical conductivity have opened up new horizons for pure physics research as well as for high-tech applications.
Graphene’s unique properties have excited researchers and businesses around the world, as it offers a fascinating material platform for the development of next-generation technologies in various industries – flexible wearable technologies, superfast electronics, ultrasensitive sensors, multifunctional composites and coatings, membranes, medicine and biotechnology, energy harvesting and storage, and more.
As the world strives to maintain its pace of innovation, graphene has much to offer. It is a credible starting point for disruptive technologies; one that could open up new markets and even replace existing technologies or materials. This report examines the landscape of graphene technologies based on graphene-related patent applications published in the last decade (2010-2019).
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