World No. 1 and Wimbledon defending champion Novak Djokovic breezed previous the primary spherical of Wimbledon today with a straight-units win towards German Philipp Kohlschreiber. Unusually sufficient, this victory is thanks, partially, to a physics professor on the College of Manchester and Scotch tape.
Why? Novak Djokovic’s racket, given to him by his sponsor Head, is strengthened with a brand new materials referred to as graphene, in accordance the The Australian Monetary Evaluation.
Professor Andre Geim is credited with the invention, when one night time he had a Ph.D. scholar try and isolate skinny layers of carbon, utilizing sticky tape to peel away layers of graphite. What he discovered was a one-atom inch thick layer of the brand new tremendous materials, which scientists had speculated about for years. So, he enlisted the assistance of Ph.D. scholar Konstantin Novoselov, and studied the properties of this graphene. The pair went on to win the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for his or her discoveries.
His findings confirmed it to be the thinnest materials within the recognized universe, but in addition one hundred fifty occasions stronger than metal and one thousand occasions extra conducive that copper. Corporations like Samsung are even utilizing it to double battery life of their telephones.
However, it has large potential within the sports world. Corporations aside from Head, which makes use of the fabric in each its tennis rackets and skis, have begun to leap on the graphene bandwagon as nicely.
As an example, Catlike, a Spanish firm that makes a speciality of biking helmets, has begun to make use of the fabric of their helmets to make them extra light-weight and sturdy.
The one draw back to graphene is that even now there isn’t a value and power environment friendly approach of separating graphene from graphite. Scientists are at present engaged on methods to extract top quality graphene on a a lot bigger scale than may be carried out today. Once they can do that, graphene’s potential within the sports world will certainly turn into extra absolutely realized.