Nokia's $1.35B Job: Pioneer World's Strongest Material
Get ready for 'graphene revolution'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 1, 2013 4:38 AM CST
Updated Feb 1, 2013 5:22 AM CST
An aerial view of mobile phone maker Nokia's headquarters in Espoo, Finland on June 14, 2012.   (AP Photo/Lehtikuva/Benjamin Suomela)

(Newser) – Computing's next big thing could be on its way. Nokia has received a $1.35 billion grant from the EU to develop graphene, the strongest material the world has ever seen. At one atom thick, it's 300 times stronger than steel, Tom's Hardware notes. Nokia says it started working with the material in 2006, but believes "the greatest innovations have yet to be discovered."

"We’re now looking at the beginning of a graphene revolution," says a researcher. Long ago, "we figured out a way to manufacture cheap iron that led to the Industrial Revolution. Then there was silicon. Now, it’s time for graphene." Nokia is heading up a Graphene Flagship Emporium, partnering with 73 other firms and academic institutions to investigate the stuff. That's not just great for research: "It will also create work and jobs across all of Europe," says the researcher.

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Wrongdirection
Feb 4, 2013 10:25 AM CST
Cool, Two atoms of helium to every one atom of Graphene. The U.S. could make bullet proof clother for our army's and for civilian use also. People that couldn't walk would be able to walk now! Flying cars, No need for planes, just drive yourself where you want to go. Blast off to space with compressed air instead of using rocket fuels.. If anyone adds my two atoms of helium to Graphene I want credit! I want my Noble Piece Prize! And I want a precentage of sales~
JesseJ
Feb 2, 2013 1:02 AM CST
Yeah, we make cell phones - that qualifies us to make this stuff. Just write us a check!
1492
Feb 1, 2013 7:04 PM CST
Can you imagine the Titanic made of "One Atom" thick Graphene?....Translucent and would have survived the Ice berg 100 times.... Great inovation, great prospect, great potential....Would like to see it in Ships, Aircraft, spare parts, mixed into asphalt for highway building, infrastructure, bridges, mixed into cement/concrete, block, and radial tires. Someone brought up an interesting point. How much does it weigh....does an atom have any weight? Can we see an atom. If we can't see it, how the h.... is it going to be 300 times stronger than steel? I am from Arizona the Grand Canyon State. The Grand Canyon plummets One Mile deep and you can see the tiny trail of the Colorado River below. That tiny strip of visual matter (water) carved the Grand Canyon it is said. At present it roars at 8,000 cubic feet per second. Many have drowned. But the more I listen and read about Graphene......I tend to become from Missouri..... The "Show Me" state. 1942