Remember graphene, the “wonder material” tougher than diamond, more conductive than copper and more flexible than rubber? It’s 14 years since it was discovered, yet the average person is much more likely to have been targeted for investment scams related to the material than they are to have encountered anything actually containing it. So much for an innovation that was tipped to be as ubiquitous as plastic.
Yet graphene has not gone away. The hype that peaked when its discoverers received a Nobel prize eight years ago has dissipated, but Applied Graphene Materials, one of the small companies still hoping to make a fortune from the innovation, is confident that its patience will be a virtue. It also can point to evidence that it may be on the cusp of a commercial breakthrough — several, in fact.