Introducing Aerographite, The World Lightest Material

This is a picture of what German Scientists say is the lightest material in the world. It is a network of porous carbon tubes that is interwoven at the nano and micro level to make the lightest material in the world. The substance weighs just 0.2 milligrams per cubic centimeter. It is 75 times lighter than Styrofoam (Thank God, because those Styrofoam cups are exhausting to lift). Scientists of Kiel University (KU) and Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) named their joint creation aerographite.

Researchers describe aerographite as “jet black, remains stable, is electrically conductive, ductile and non-transparent.”

The new material may allow revolutionary uses in electronics, aviation, and satellites to water purification.

Source: MSNBC

52 thoughts on “Introducing Aerographite, The World Lightest Material”

  1. Though the article fails to mention this, Obama was the lead designer for this. He built it.

  2. I know I am late to the party here but carbon nano tubes are very dangerous – worse than asbestos. I’d be very careful before getting too excited about this stuff. It may be another miracle cure that ends up worse than the problem it was intended to solve. A “Crazy Eddy”

  3. Matt Johnson,

    Whether the weather can be weathered is always a question I weather; no matter whether I can weather the weather.

  4. Matt Johnson,

    “Electricity loses energy through heat.”

    Electron movement through a conductor (what you call electricity) loses energy through the resistance of a conductor (the lack of free electrons available) and the random kinetic energy of electrons once excited in a conductor.

    Heat is the by-product of this interaction, not the cause.

    The weather is nice here.

  5. Matt Johnson,

    Which one is “bigger” Matt:

    1.59e-8 or 2.44e-8?

    Is it the “big hand” or “little hand” that points to the hour of an analog clock?

    Why is the “big hand” smaller than the “little hand”?

  6. Matt Johnson,

    “I’m not going to study the first big table, because I don’t need to study the first big table.”

    Yeah, integer math is hard, especially with one row of data.

    “Here’s your most recent weather report.

    Ever hear of Tor? Probably not, as one has to set up some tables.

  7. Matt Johnson,

    Tables are hard – especially when the first row contradicts your opinion.

    The punctuation I’ll leave to you.

  8. Once an orchestra conductor was so bad that he was convicted of abusing the entire audience, and he was sentenced to death. This was back in the days of the electric chair for executions. All his appeals failed because the evidence was overwhelming against him; even his lawyer lay on the ground weeping when he was forced to listen to his client’s crimes. So the day of the execution came, and the executioners walked him into the death chamber and hooked him up and threw the switch. BUT HE LIVED! And the law is that if the execution does not work, it cannot be repeated, and the person is discharged of his crime.

    But why did that happen, you may ask…

    Because he was SUCH A POOR CONDUCTOR! 🙂 🙁 😉 :mrgreen:

  9. BettyKath — You’ve got the idea But you’re forgetting the hyphens — so

    for a smile, colon plus hyphen plus right-parenthesis equals: 🙂

    for a “doubtful,” semicolon plus hyphen plus right-parenthesis: 😉

    for a frown, colon plus hyphen plus left-parenthesis: 🙁

    and so forth. For the green face you go
    colon, then the word mrgreen, then another colon: :mrgreen:

  10. Matt Johnson,

    “Maybe you should explain what the first big table means. How much gold is used in cell phones and other electronics?”

    Maybe you should study the first big table.

    “What does the weather have to do with natural metals conductivity?”

    Nothing, you just seem hung up on weather.

    “You beat me to it. I still don’t believe you.”

    Be ignorant then, I really don’t care.

  11. ging 1, July 18, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Matt Johnson,

    What does the weather have to do with natural metals conductivity?
    The lower the temperature, the higher the conductivity.

  12. Matt Johnson,

    What does the weather have to do with natural metals conductivity?

  13. ging,

    Maybe you should explain what the first big table means. How much gold is used in cell phones and other electronics?

  14. ging,

    Sorry, you’re wrong. The best metals for electrical conductivity are gold, silver, copper, aluminum.

    1. ging,

      You beat me to it, so I’ll just add (lower resistivity is better):

      metal resistivity (in Ohm meters at 20°C)
      ——- ————
      silver 1.59e-8
      copper 1.68e-8
      gold 2.44e-8
      aluminium 2.82e-8

      and mention that, for the most part, the weather always moves from west to east…

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