New single molecular layer graphene for solar sail material?

Discovery Of Two-Dimensional Fabric Denotes Dawn Of New Materials Era. Chernogolovka, Russia (SPX) Oct 22, 2004 "Researchers at The University of Manchester and Chernogolovka, Russia
have discovered the world's first single-atom-thick fabric, which reveals the existence of a new class of materials and may lead to transistors made from a single molecule. The research is to be published in Science on 22 October." http://www.spacedaily.com/news/materials-04zzt.html
Radical fabric is one atom thick. "Professor Andre Geim, who leads the research team, explained that the material they have discovered could be thought of as millions of unrolled carbon nanotubes which have been stuck together to make an infinitely large sheet, an atom thick. They showed that electrons could travel sub-micron distances without being scattered, which means fast-switching transistors." http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3944651.stm
Electric Field Effect in Atomically Thin Carbon Films. Science, Vol 306, Issue 5696, 666-669 , 22 October 2004 http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/306/5696/666
Bob Clark
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