What You Need to Know Before Investing in Graphene

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					             What You Need to Know Before Investing in Graphene

Investing in graphene has become one of the trendiest topics in scientific and financial forums. It is
talked about as being a "wonder material," and the potential replacement for silicon in the production
of computer chips. Where Silicon Valley once reigned supreme expect to see a Graphene Valley in thirty
years time.

Graphene is the material du jour, and the subject of more research papers each year than any other
material. It is known for the sheer quantity of its superlative qualities, for its strength, its conductance,
its photovotaic properties and for the fact that it is a nanoscale allotrope of carbon. But, what is

Graphene is a two dimensional allotrope of carbon. It exists in a single plane, and is formed from a sheet
of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb pattern. It is actually a relative of graphite, a single layer of
the "lead" in pencils, but because of its nanoscale nature it inherits a strange set of quantum behaviours
that graphite does not possess.

It can be produced by either top down exfoliation of graphite, or through a bottom up process of
chemical vapour deposition; each method results in a slightly different form of the material. Recent
advances have even seen the substance being made from the respiration of bacteria on a specially
treated surface of graphene oxide, and by using dry-ice as a starting point.

The sheer variety of these production methods makes investing in graphene production a difficult
investment proposition, since no-one knows which method will become the most successful. It is a
problem that increases the risk of investing but which also could potentially result in the greatest profit
potential. Investment in early stage technology invariably produces this problem and so it is not an
uncommon dilemma to face.

However, side stepping the issue of production for the moment, one possible area of investment that
can be anticipated is the use of graphene in the production of consumer products. Graphene's unique
properties make it likely that it will be used to produce highly efficient solar panels in the near future,
super strong composite materials, and possibly computer chips. IBM has already announced the first
graphene transistor and it is only a question of time before full production of graphene chips becomes a
reality. Therefore the best option for investing in graphene is to learn a little bit more about the science
of graphene, identify a product that interests you the most and find a company that is currently holding
patents in that field.

The graphene revolution is set to occur soon, and the early stages are in fact happening right now. Be
sure to get in early and then out before the next big thing arises, and you find yourself making the best
investment decision of your life. In answer to the question "what is graphene?" you might as easily say
the future's in nanotechnology and the very heart of nanotechnology is graphene.

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