By Andrew BurnesSource NBC NewsDecember 23, 2018 | 12:07PM ETTUSSELL, Ohio — Graphene has been a key component of solar-powered airplanes for decades.
Now, a team of scientists at the University of Southern Denmark is turning the material into a flexible, lightweight material that could be used in the making of solar sails.
A team of researchers from the University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are working on a new way to manufacture a graphene fiber using the newly-discovered, but-to-be-named, “superconductor.”
The superconductor, which the team calls the “gold-finger,” uses a material called carbon nanotubes, which are known to be extremely strong, but also extremely flexible.
The researchers believe that the carbon nanobots may offer a new, more stable way to make the fibers, which can withstand the rigors of space travel.
“We were very surprised by how flexible it is,” University of South Denmark professor Peter Jørgensen told NBC News.
“It’s really like a sponge.”
The team of about 10 researchers and students at the university’s School of Physics has been working for about a year to develop a way to use graphene as a superconductive material, or superconduction.
Graphing the properties of the superconditor could ultimately help engineers create materials that could better withstand the pressures of space.
“When we saw the superconductivity, we thought it was just a curiosity,” Jørgensen said.
“But then we realized we could use this superconductive property to make a material that is extremely strong and light and flexible.
That’s the kind of innovation we want to see in graphene.”
In addition to the research, the team is working to create a way for scientists to better understand how supercondensers work.
The new supercondener is made up of two layers of carbon nanowires and is able to conduct electricity and heat, depending on the configuration of the materials it’s being made from.
The material is made of a mix of carbon, carbon nanorods, and titanium dioxide.
The team has been able to fabricate the material with the same properties of graphene, but using a different configuration of titanium dioxide, a compound that is used in solar cells.
“This is a new development that is a significant advance in the field of superconductors,” Jorgensen said, adding that it’s also a potential breakthrough in materials for solar panels, which require less energy and produce more power in the process.
“It’s like the world’s first superconduit,” Jorge said.
“Graphene is really a very exciting material.
But there’s more than just graphene.
It’s an extremely strong material.
It has a very high electrical conductivity, it has a high thermal conductivity.
It is very flexible.
It can be used as a material for a lot of things.”
Graphenes are one of the strongest materials known to man.
They are made of carbon atoms with an electronegative layer and a weak electrical layer, which makes them ideal for electronics.
The electrical layer acts as a “conductor” that helps carry electricity from the carbon atoms to the electronic components.
Gases and chemicals that interact with the electronegmation layer create an electric field.
“That electrical field can act like a conductor, and the graphene can act as a conducting layer,” Joger Jensen, a professor of physics and materials science at the U, told NBC news.
“And the graphene acts like a super conductor.”
The scientists at USC Dornsife say their research has some of the most promising applications for superconducting graphene, which has a good electrical conductance but a very low thermal conductance.
The next step in this research, Jogensen said is to figure out how to make graphene fibers that are much more flexible and lightweight than those currently in use.
“Now that we’ve made graphene fibers with an electric conductivity of less than 1% and a thermal conductive of 0.5% it’s a lot easier to use these fibers to make other kinds of supercondensing materials,” Joren said.