Researchers from  the world’s largest rubber band manufacturer are working with scientists to make their product immortal. 

Alliance Rubber Co. is partnering some British researchers to put graphene into its rubber bands. This will make the rubber bands literately unbreakable and 200 times stronger than steel.

According to the director of business strategy at Alliance Jason Risner, the company is spending the next year working with University of Sussex researchers to ascertain the perfect ratio of graphene to rubber. Alliance plans to sell these graphene-infused rubber bands to a number of industries as soon as it’s perfected.

 

Graphene is the wonder material known for its strength and other exceptional properties

Graphene and Rubber
Graphene-infused rubber band can find application in a number of industries, from office work to agribusiness, etc (Image Credit: Alliance Rubber Co.)

 

Rubber Band
Graphene-infused bands also hold the ability to embed scannable RFID tags and temperature sensors, and possess anti-static properties (Image Credit: Alliance Rubber Co.)

 

What is Graphene? It is an allotrope of carbon in the form of a two-dimensional, atomic-scale, hexagonal lattice in which one atom forms each vertex. It is the basic structural element of other allotrope’s, including graphite, charcoal, carbon nanotubes and fullerenes. Read more

What are the application of Graphene? Potential graphene applications include lightweight, thin, flexible, yet durable display screens, electric/photonics circuits, solar cells, and various medical, chemical and industrial processes enhanced or enabled by the use of new graphene materials. In 2008, graphene produced by ex foliation was one of the most expensive materials on Earth. Read more

 

Links: ScienceAlert

 


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