Kevlar? Hah! You'll Want Pure Carbon in Your Bulletproof Vest

December 1, 2014 8:30 AM

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Kevlar? Hah! You'll Want Pure Carbon in Your Bulletproof Vest

Graphene, a form of pure carbon, has been shown to perform twice as well as Kevlar and withstand 10 times the kinetic energy that steel can.

Carbon is an interesting element. If you arrange carbon atoms in a cubic crystal structure, you get diamond, a material that tops out our hardness scale. If you arrange carbon in a hexagonal sheet structure, you get graphite, a material so soft that we make pencils out of them - yes, the "lead" in y...

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