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Imagine computer screens that can be rolled into a tube for transportation, batteries that charge in seconds and hold their charge for days, gels that can soak up oil spills and radioactive waste, membranes that are impermeable to water and gasses, yet weigh almost nothing. It's the world of graphene, the hottest new material to hit research labs in decades.
Up until now, Graphene Military Labs has been one of World Patent Marketing's best kept secrets. It is the brainchild of Ambassador Dell Dailey and World Patent Marketing CEO Scott Cooper.
Graphene is commonly known as the "next wonder material" with the potential to revolutionize the world as we know it. Graphene Military Labs is moving forward on research for military applications, particularly in the area of infantry equipment and technology.
It has been known for some time that "invention powerhouse" World Patent Marketing isn't the traditional product development company. The composition of its military and politically influential Board of Advisers never really added up.
World Patent Marketing CEO Scott Cooper has always had close ties to Israel as a Director of The Cooper Idea Foundation and has always had unusual access and close relationships with elements of the political, military and intelligence establishments in the United States. The need for such access was never known or discussed up until now. The company gave a "one-two punch" with last month's release of its Military Defense and Security Inventions video supporting the US Fight Against the War on Terror and quickly followed up with the launch of Graphene Military Labs.
Ambassador Dell Dailey is a senior member of the World Patent Marketing Advisory Board and perhaps its most prominent member. Ambassador Dailey was the head of the State Department's counterterrorism office from July 2007 to April 2009 after a 36-year army career. The board consists of other notable figures including Vice Admiral and nuclear submarine Commander Al Konetzni, Former US Attorney Matthew Whitaker appointed by President Bush, General Nitzan Nuriel of the Israel Defense Forces, Dr. Aileen Marty, a member of President Barack Obama's Advisory Council, Brian Mast, a decorated war hero and the Republican nominee for the United States Congress, Pascal Bida Koyagebele, former Presidential Candidate for the Central African Republic and Eric Creizman, a legendary New York attorney.
"Graphene is one atom thick and 200 times stronger than steel. It is one million times thinner than a strand of hair. It is quite simply going to be the next gold rush." said Cooper. "Sixty years ago the scientific community believed that graphene was theoretical and could not be isolated. Today the Ambassador and I believe that graphene will lead to some of the greatest human accomplishments. It's going to push the boundaries of just about everything."
"Graphene may be the solution the military has been waiting for," said Ambassador Dailey. "First of all, it is light and strong. Adding graphene as a composite to standard equipment could reduce the weight and improve performance by a factor of four times or more. In addition, graphene may lead the way to the next generation of lightweight batteries, that charge faster and last longer. And as we have started researching the material, primarily as a lightweight composite, I have become more and more intrigued by the sensor capabilities. Graphene patches can be designed that allow our soldiers to know instantly if an area is contaminated with radiation or chemical weapons, even when those levels are extremely low. And that can provide our troops the minutes they need to take precautionary action and protective maneuvers. We are talking about breakthrough military technology and invention ideas, that can save soldiers' lives."
Graphene May Produce the Strongest Lightest Military Technology Ever
Graphene is the strongest material ever discovered. It can be formed into a membrane that is so thin, it weighs almost nothing. A sheet that weighs less than a single cat whisker, can actually support the entire cat. Literally, graphene can support mass several thousand times its' own weight. It is far stronger than steel, it is quite simply when calculated by weight to strength, the strongest substance on earth.
Graphene is superconductive and can transfer information up 200 times faster than silicon. Yet, it has a low thermal rating due to its thin layer which provides amazing insulation properties.
It is being used in biomedical research in a variety of ways, including as a scaffold to help repair damaged nerves. Rats that were previously paralyzed with severe spinal cord injuries were able to fully heal and walk again. And, it is being developed as a sensor for chemicals and pollution. It also has possibilities for research with DNA and cellular biology.
Graphene was first identified in the mid-twentieth century, but scientists had no way to isolate it in quantities that were large enough to use. It wasn't until 2004 that Andre Geim and his research students, at the University of Manchester, found a way to isolate the substance in quantities that allowed them to do research. It was hailed as the first 2D substance ever discovered. Graphene could form a solid sheet, just one atom thick.
Almost immediately, research labs around the world began working with Graphene. They discovered that this is one of the most bizarre substances yet created.
While it is the strongest substance ever discovered, a tiny impurity or flaw leads to breakage. And even when perfect, it can be brittle and shatter like glass. A 2D membrane is solid and impermeable, even hydrogen cannot pass through the tight lattice that forms graphene. But, a 3D membrane can be created that allows water and gas to pass through it as if the graphene wasn't even there.
Because of its superconductivity, up to 200 times faster than silicon, there was early interest from computer chip makers. But their early expectations foundered on another unusual property of graphene. It conducts quickly, but it can't be turned off. Logic chips, the basis of modern computers, have to turn on and off. A switch that turns on and stays on, isn't worth a nickel with current technology.
While graphene failed to be sought-after a replacement for silicon chips, it was quickly discovered to have a host of properties that are more than promising. The material may be revolutionary in a number of fields. Ultimately, it may completely change the equipment of infantry soldiers and dramatically increase their capabilities.
"Our first introduction to graphene was on a project for the energy industry." said Cooper, "Five years ago crude oil prices were over $120 per barrel. Prices tanked within a few years to below $40. The global energy industry is still in a state of confusion. Notwithstanding the market's optimism about an agreement being reached in Vienna at the end of November, the oil cartels are a perfect example of an industry that could greatly benefit from the commercialization of graphene."
"Graphene carries an electrical charge and is already being used in cell phone screens. What I want to see is a touch pad for military use, that is flexible, so it can be rolled up like a scroll," said Ambassador Dailey.
Researchers are experimenting with what they call an aerogel. It isn't soft like a gel, it is more like a sponge, it looks like a semi-translucent block. But it can absorb more than 600 times its weight of oil. Imagine what that could do to prevent environmental disasters. And they are working on graphene gels that absorb radiation. The possibilities are endless.
Cooper and Ambassador Dailey believe that almost every item carried by an infantry soldier may eventually be improved by graphene. They envision body armor and protection with graphene composites. Because it is impermeable to water and gasses, it is an ideal material for electronics housings and cases, and perhaps even for uniforms and protective gear.
Graphene offers possibilities for flexible and semi-transparent displays and military equipment coated in graphene has the potential to change color with an electric charge, and camouflage coatings may make tanks, planes, and ships, all but invisible to the human eye.
As Graphene Military Labs and World Patent Marketing push boldly into the future, the vision of Ambassador Dell Dailey and World Patent Marketing CEO Scott J. Cooper will help to give the military the fighting edge needed for safety and security, now and in the future.
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