Woven Graphene
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Graphene is the stiffest, and has the greatest tensile strength of, all materials composed of the classical chemical elements, but as a bulk material it has relatively low tensile strength because layers of graphene are held together only by van der Waals forces. Woven graphene is the solution to this problem.

Woven graphene is manufactured in numerous varieties by varying graphene ribbon widths, weave patterns, and tightness of weave. By changing variables, it is manufactured into everything from exceptionally supple heat-resistant fabrics, to the highest potential energy density springs, to the toughest of classical matter.

The two different edge structures of graphene ('zigzag' and 'armchair') have different electronic properties, a property that can be used for data processing. Computronium constructed from woven graphene is tough and can be flexible or rigid according to the specifications of the weave.

Woven Graphene is often formed into hybrid materials with other diamondoids, especially adamant. One of the most successful of these hybrid materials is Pandifico, also known as Elastic Diamondoid Fibre Composite material.
 
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Development Notes
Text by John Edds, with additions by Steve Bowers

Initially published on 29 August 2012.