Graphene – medium and mineral
Anu Ramdas (b. 1980) holds an MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts and is currently associated with the Laboratory for Media as a teaching assistant and workshop assistant. In her own practice she often works with physical and chemical processes such as magnetism and radiation. This year, Anu Ramdas will begin working on an artistic research project (KUV project) on the subject of grapheme, exploring the artistic potentials inherent in the development and evolution of this material.
The public story of grapheme began in 2010 when Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov received the Nobel Prize for their work with this material. Since then, the unique properties of grapheme have generated much attention in the science community and among the general public.
Grapheme consists of a layer of graphite powder (a crystallised form of carbon) that is only one atom thick. The carbon atoms of grapheme form an atomic-scale lattice structure that has turned out to be 200 times stronger than steel, to conduct electricity better than rubber, to be as flexible as rubber, and airtight. This means that the material might potentially replace the use of several rare minerals that are currently essential in modern image and communication technology (smartphones, tablets, hard drives, memory cars, cameras and microphones).