Graphene has recently been looked at to be more useful than before. A recent study showed that graphene had the capability for Mott insulating and superconducting behavior. Graphene is portrayed as a super-lattice with three sides like triangles unlike more common honey-comb shaped lattices. It is then suggested that these triangular lattices are superconductors and that the structures of these materials does matter. This recent discovery helps to understand the transitions from metal to Mott insulators.
- Pipes that regularly carry oil and gas from the sea floor incorporate a polymar lining in their construction.
- Although the pipes have a strong steel outside layer, the extreme temperatures within can still cause gases and liquid to permeate the barrier.
- Testers discovered that by laminating a layer of ghraphene nanoplatelets to polyamide a much better, reinforced barrier was possible.
“Researchers at The University of Manchester and TWI have discovered ways of using graphene to prolong the lifetime of pipes used in the oil and gas industry.”