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[–] Bigwhistle 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Has graphene been put to any widespread practical application yet? All I ever see are what ifs and could bes.

[–] Gamio 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Its impressively toxic and quite a lot of evidence suggests that its carcinogenic. It by itself will probably never be used in a practical sense outside of a handful of super niche no risk to anyone or the environment.

Your average piece of silicon is laced with a whole bunch of nasty shit but its solid and crystalline so it largely stays intact unless you really go to town on it. Graphene being only useful in super thin wafers would turn into a dust if you looked at it meanly.

[–] dhif 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You do realize that the active components of most chips these days are only a few atomic layers thick, right?

Super-thin is ideal for chip design. You layer it on top of a silicon crystal wafer.

[–] Commie_Meta 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Its toxicity is only a problem with bulk use of powders. In electronics it will probably be used in layers one atom thick. The dose makes the poison, and a single-atom layer us a miniscule dose.

A quick literature check also shows that toxicity is much greater with raw graphene nanoparticles. Every edge atom is reactive, possibly even a free radical. C1000························· is not something you want to inhale or inject. One review paper I read said that putting something harmless on the dangling bonds made the particles much less toxic. Which is to be expected. If it were like asbestos, people who work at graphite mills would get lung cancer at a high rate.