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The myriad uses of amazing graphene

Since its discovery graphene has been hailed as a wonder-material. Now add two new properties to the list – the strength to  stop a bullet and the finesse to  let a proton through. But when will we see some real-life applications? Cathal O’Connell investigates.

Image of the graphene membrane after a bullet has burst through (bullet inserted for size comparison). The graphene ruptures in a petal pattern along weakspots in its structure.
Image of the graphene membrane after a bullet has burst through (bullet inserted for size comparison). The graphene ruptures in a petal pattern along weakspots in its structure.