Why graphene hasn’t taken over the world...yet

  • Published on Jul 10, 2018
  • Graphene is a form of carbon that could bring us bulletproof armor and space elevators, improve medicine, and make the internet run faster - some day. For the past 15 years, consumers have been hearing about this wonder material and all the ways it could change everything. Is it really almost here, or is it another promise that is perpetually just one more breakthrough away?
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  • Verge Science
    Verge Science  11 months ago +6802

    Which graphene-based technology are you most excited for?

    • AminFromYoutube
      AminFromYoutube 5 days ago


    • Alan Hardcastle
      Alan Hardcastle 25 days ago

      I'm a year late but if you havent done a video on the Surmett company that makes ALON also known as Transparent Aluminum.

  • varun singh
    varun singh 17 hours ago +1

    Space elevator

  • M I
    M I 17 hours ago

    Idea for a new video: why humans remain self-destructive and why the right (mostly) focus on money, the economy and jobs, despite the fact many jobs, industries and people are so harmful to the environment.
    Or; how greed, ignorance, gullibility and low education levels help to keep mankind on a destructive path. Or; why wealthy people focus on their own safety and comfort, rather than those around them, despite the resources they have which they will never be able to use because they have so much of it (wealth) accumulated...
    Or maybe why politicians are bad for humanity and the environment....all good questions, but that’s just my opinion.

  • nonsmoker
    nonsmoker 20 hours ago

    Whey the music?

  • Kareem Eter
    Kareem Eter Day ago

    Watch in 50 years it’s gonna cause cancer

  • Joshua Salinas
    Joshua Salinas Day ago

    Like hemp vs cotton, to much money is involved and the business powers that be do not want to lose control.

  • Ako si Wokkawokka

    obviously it is expensive to produce, so until more cost effective methods of production are feasible, it will be slow to come to marketplace.

  • Warren Notestine

    Hyped like climate change.

  • Daniel  Nascimento Borges

    Bolsonaro liked this video.only brazillians will understand

  • Peter Ondrejicka

    YOU DIDN’T! You didn’t seen graphene, cause it’s not there!!!

  • Dawid Spam
    Dawid Spam Day ago

    You dont say that Pols Discover graphene

  • Davy Playz
    Davy Playz Day ago +2

    I think they just broke down flextape™ and sprinkled some graphite on it

  • M0NS73ER
    M0NS73ER Day ago

    Graphene tattoo... you can become cyborg in few hours without much pain :D

  • adrian aguilar
    adrian aguilar Day ago

    So its Basically Vibranium x)) got it

  • Afra H
    Afra H Day ago

    A level chemistry exam questions

  • freddie ltm
    freddie ltm Day ago

    I wish Real Iron suite can be made

  • Shino
    Shino 2 days ago

    How much would it cost to get it? Plus how would you make it combine with more graphene? If it is so light, could you make clothes out of it, but add something to reduce the electricity flow? So that you are not a walking lightning rod. 😂

    • Shino
      Shino 2 days ago

      If graphene is cost effective/ effecient, why is it sold for a lot of money?

    • Shino
      Shino 2 days ago

      5:27 printed on fabric, but what about it being clothing? Just by itself?

    • Shino
      Shino 2 days ago

      4:30 he said clothing. But I am not sure what type of clothing.

  • Justin Trepanier
    Justin Trepanier 2 days ago

    2019 here, wheres my graphene tech suit?

  • junwei lu
    junwei lu 2 days ago

    Well you can get graphene cpu cooler in China

  • Tech@itsBest
    Tech@itsBest 2 days ago

    Anyone from chernobyl?

  • Khondoker Zuhayr
    Khondoker Zuhayr 3 days ago

    In later years, can Graphene be traded in the stock market ?

  • 지민Jams
    지민Jams 3 days ago

    Is it good for the environment?

  • chris peralta
    chris peralta 4 days ago

    Graphene is so light and strong no bullet on earth could tear thru it...i mean most bullets dont even go thru titanium

    • Khondoker Zuhayr
      Khondoker Zuhayr 3 days ago

      Most bullets don't go through Titanium, that's true but Titanium is way more heavier than Graphene and Graphene is 50% more stronger than Titanium that's why it is more better.

  • Thinker101
    Thinker101 4 days ago

    It hasn't taken off because, Planned Obsolescence.

  • Calvin Yee
    Calvin Yee 4 days ago

    It’s just hard to come by

  • shane carlson
    shane carlson 4 days ago

    Electric car batteries

  • Aaron Ryder
    Aaron Ryder 4 days ago

    Graphene is toxic to humans

  • Bearsomber
    Bearsomber 4 days ago

    halfway through the video i realized its vibranium

  • PR Pravin
    PR Pravin 4 days ago

    Super Capacitors
    Quick Charger
    Flexible Electronics

  • LadyLovers427
    LadyLovers427 4 days ago

    I feel that Graphene and Fusion Power are in the same boat of perpetually X amount of years away.

  • Lourenço
    Lourenço 4 days ago +1

    The Brazilian President (Bolsonaro) talks a LOT about Graphene

  • prithvi bumia
    prithvi bumia 5 days ago

    Coz it ain't no vibranium

  • Sasquatch
    Sasquatch 5 days ago +1

    2004 - "...what is probably the biggest discovery of the 21st century..."
    At that point you might as well go all in and say it's the biggest discovery of the 3rd millenium A.C, why stay confined to the century?

  • Owl Enigma
    Owl Enigma 5 days ago +1

    It's mid 2019. Nothing has been announced regarding graphene.

  • ProjectPhroRegal
    ProjectPhroRegal 5 days ago

    Make tires have graphene on the outer side for camber wear lol

  • Iowa
    Iowa 5 days ago

    not a thing is happening in 2019 with this shiet

    Except for maybe military uses. E

  • Marky Diamond
    Marky Diamond 5 days ago

    4:51 This guy knows from experience! He's been beating the rubber his whole life!

  • Rajesh Saw
    Rajesh Saw 5 days ago

    Manufacturers want to make products that damages after some times so that customers keep buying new ones. This is why stronger and durable products are not made and graphene type materials are not used.

  • maxrs1708
    maxrs1708 5 days ago

    so basically they're going to is to keep track of every movement we do by having electronics installed in our clothes?

  • Techno Beast
    Techno Beast 5 days ago

    If tesla started using graphene then others would follow

  • Christopher Campbell

    Okay so.. this product is apparently incredibly strong. Before you read this. I’m not some kind of environmental nut or anything of that matter I’m just making a great observation. But, wouldn’t that mean we would produce more waste that could take longer than plastic to deteriorate or break down. Therefore leading to another type of pollution just as plastic has done? How would dispose of these products in a safe matter? Is it recyclable?

  • ieatvirginpussy
    ieatvirginpussy 5 days ago

    Why did they down play plastic..???? Everything is made out of plastic nowadays to your phone case car parts plastic is a revolutionary material

  • Tanmay Mohapatra
    Tanmay Mohapatra 5 days ago

    Anyone else who clicked this video cuz their tennis racket said Graphene?

  • toby vigil
    toby vigil 5 days ago

    Its Transformium lol

  • Lin Daniel
    Lin Daniel 5 days ago

    Graphene clothing - invisible suit: graphene embedded fabric with a LED skin that projects everything behind you, so you will become invisible for people looking from the front....
    Graphene clothing has endless possibilities

  • danilo e jesus
    danilo e jesus 6 days ago


  • Kush Patel
    Kush Patel 6 days ago +3

    Graphene: *nobody will stop me*
    Eraser on my pencil: *you just chinged your last chong pardner*

  • Kuya Sam
    Kuya Sam 6 days ago

    they already use it and mix the properties in chargers, graphene is much more faster than copper in conductivity.. O% to 75% in just 30mins in oppo industries they called it vooc charger

  • JoGar VizAh
    JoGar VizAh 6 days ago

    If you haven’t reviewed BAM (Aluminum Magnesium Boride), it would be really cool if you did. Great channel, btw! ✌🏼

  • melinda morgenroth
    melinda morgenroth 6 days ago

    Graphene is like Vibranium from black panther lmao like if u agree and leave a comment of what else graphene reminds u of

  • The BumbleBee
    The BumbleBee 6 days ago

    Yeah they won a Nobel prize but have they ever grinded 40-60 str at rock crabs?

  • Sølo
    Sølo 6 days ago

    I hate chemistry. Physics is more fun

    2SHAYNEZ 6 days ago

    Obviously it's junk or it would have been implemented.

  • tonythedrummer66
    tonythedrummer66 6 days ago

    Černobil recommendations

  • maloqable
    maloqable 6 days ago

    No mention of graphene researchers Geim and Novoselov who win Nobel Prize in Physics for it

  • Kyle Vin
    Kyle Vin 6 days ago

    another game changer which wont change the game..

  • Brianna K
    Brianna K 6 days ago +126

    humans in 2018: graphene will take over by 2019!

    humans in 2019: how about we use ramen noodles to fix that

    • Cxshout
      Cxshout 5 days ago +1


  • Ipi Yommin
    Ipi Yommin 6 days ago

    Well, without a doubt plastic was a major break through but one of the most fundamental drawback it cause is its non biodegradable nature, graphene might seem a good substitute for the user for a change but anything that is durable and less biodegradable is more likely to cause environmental problems. I think it’s high time we must aspire things that are less inclined towards durability and more into sustainable developments.

  • Goat
    Goat 6 days ago

    thanks for reminding us

  • Quares
    Quares 7 days ago

    1.5kg graphene in 30gallon container.....
    Think airplane made of it so you don't need a run way, just use a catapul

  • Jesus U
    Jesus U 7 days ago

    it's what ur lead pencils are made out off

  • Naduron0
    Naduron0 7 days ago +1

    Here is your answer in one word : Production

  • Tricky Goblin
    Tricky Goblin 7 days ago +1

    2019 uhh

  • Braden Mesirow
    Braden Mesirow 7 days ago

    Sounds like it could be like the real life vibranium

  • anthony G.
    anthony G. 7 days ago

    It’s 2019

  • ken smith
    ken smith 7 days ago

    lithium silicon steel plastic and water filters.......and more.....it really big question as to why we havent dove in to graphene as planet its almost bizarre.............

  • Succ Joe
    Succ Joe 7 days ago

    space ships?

  • Kayla Feng
    Kayla Feng 7 days ago

    Your logo is like the same... (except for the color) as the kpop group Seventeen.... ..............................

  • Nicholas Bowen
    Nicholas Bowen 7 days ago

    It’s CNN what do u expect

  • Yikes
    Yikes 7 days ago

    in the beginning of the video, i thought i had overwatch on in the bakcground

  • smithson
    smithson 7 days ago +15

    Imagine a charging cable out of it. It's an amazing conductor. It's flexible. It's really strong so it won't break when you bend it. Perfect

  • josh thomson
    josh thomson 7 days ago

    Verge I got a question let's say a common heater that you get from well anywhere. How would this graphine do that type of job if it can? Or can it send electric currents to give a shock or something? There is a lot of questions I got on this material but I don't know how to well get help

  • Harpal Singh Nbt
    Harpal Singh Nbt 7 days ago

    wh bio based Graphene has a uniform pattern than mineral based Graphene?, or in other words why Bio based Graphene has more surface area than mineral based Graphene?.

  • Aurora Balouch
    Aurora Balouch 7 days ago

    Brhu it’s 2019 and I never heard of this

  • Asifuzzaman Opi
    Asifuzzaman Opi 7 days ago

    I want to have graphene based cloths actually which can change it's color and designs overtime. So that I don't have to buy any cloths again.

  • Eagle_
    Eagle_ 7 days ago

    Can't be stronger then flex tape tho

  • Ultra Fox
    Ultra Fox 7 days ago

    I hope graphene is reusable and isnt like plastic. Or else we wont have world for the future.

  • Dr4g0nW4g0n
    Dr4g0nW4g0n 7 days ago

    1 year later, here we are.

  • Atollo
    Atollo 7 days ago

    Spiderman suit from graphene! That's something I want!

  • Alexander Elfpmek
    Alexander Elfpmek 7 days ago

    is graphene more enviromental friendly than other stuff?

  • ItsTheHaos
    ItsTheHaos 7 days ago

    There is no Graphine on the ground

  • An Angry Banter
    An Angry Banter 7 days ago

    Can someone tag Elon Musk on this video?

  • itzDokusei
    itzDokusei 8 days ago +6

    Use this graphene stuff to get some better damn charger cords that won't get damn turtle necks.

  • Ahnaf Dragneel
    Ahnaf Dragneel 8 days ago

    A Tesla car fully made from graphene, including the batteries and the chassis ahah

  • tim sky
    tim sky 8 days ago


  • Shawn H
    Shawn H 8 days ago +1

    Great in addition to Trump, another thing to be afraid of
    Edit: Wow, so many likes. Thanks you guys!

  • Ging Ging
    Ging Ging 8 days ago +1

    I just want the faster internet

  • Arcian
    Arcian 8 days ago

    Could graphene be used as a neutron flux moderator inside RBMK reactors, and if so, could we see it on the ground if an RBMK reactor exploded?

  • Pedroso T
    Pedroso T 8 days ago

    Bolsonaro fica loco

  • kelsey lebsock
    kelsey lebsock 8 days ago

    IA coatings in Houston is doing hard coats and other things. The stuff is amazing. I have few things graphene coated

  • Zenaxia Xenxation
    Zenaxia Xenxation 8 days ago +2

    I wonder if graphene is better than flex tape

    • YO MUMMA
      YO MUMMA 6 days ago

      NOTHING is better than flex tape

  • Infernecrosis 57
    Infernecrosis 57 8 days ago +1

    Obsidian is way stronger.

  • Jaxon Genrald
    Jaxon Genrald 8 days ago

    Hey its 2019 🎉🎉👋👋🎉🎉

  • Irontale
    Irontale 8 days ago

    Graphene is going to make Cyberpunk 2077 clothing style into a reality

  • Jefferson Astral
    Jefferson Astral 8 days ago

    I encounter graphene all the time. Wonder why this still isn’t a thing yet.

  • Max
    Max 8 days ago

    Plastic is pretty much a wonder material.
    There is almost no high-end product without plastic, no electronics, cars, medical equipment and the list just goes on and on. For what it's worth, plastic is a wonder material

  • James Matthews Jr
    James Matthews Jr 8 days ago

    john was right

  • Joe Blue
    Joe Blue 8 days ago +26

    Why use graphene in 2019 when we got rames noodles 🤷‍♂️

  • Nookie
    Nookie 8 days ago +1

    So basically, its vibranium irl? Nice.

  • Detox _
    Detox _ 8 days ago

    You think you can make a baseball bat with this stuff!!?