Watch: 2 Scientists Accidentally Discover a World-Changing Super Material



Headline: Watch: 2 scientists accidentally discover a world-Changing Super Material

Date 02/27/2013

Source: Fast Co Design


After two Russian scientists won the Nobel Prize for discovering “graphene” (a substance composed of pure carbon) in 2002, many scientists were still searching for a better way to manufacture this super strong material.  Ric Kaner and Maher El-Kady, two UCLA scientists were accidentally creating a graphene supercapacitor when they were researching about graphene. This material charges more quickly than regular batteries, making it a potential candidate to power a future generation of super-efficient gadgets, cars, and systems.



It was amazing to see how technology can change our lives in the future.  It reminds me a lot in my other class called Scenario Planning, where we learn systematical way to predict future. I’m thinking about how the learning curve graphene supercapacitor manufacture goes down and match with other technologies and then influence sustainability. We need efficient solutions, not only criticism. In terms of sustainable fashion, I think zero-waste may be an obvious way to criticize fashion industry, but I don’t see it as a very good solution to really solve the problem. I wish there will be some way in the future like the supercapacitor, that can indeed make a way for people to do sustainable fashion, even though we don’t know it right now.


Global Issue: Technology

Primary design lens: Technology Development

Secondary Design lens: Sustainability

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One Response to Watch: 2 Scientists Accidentally Discover a World-Changing Super Material

  1. Barbara says:

    Sophie, as you point out, we do need efficient solutions, but we also need to change our habits and our cultural practices. What Timo poses with his idea of a sustainable lifestyle addresses this in the way it moves us towards rethinking our relationships with products/commodities/things. What you add is another dimension and certainly we will need to address these issues from a variety of angles and creative interventions.

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