(Via Reuters) Graphene is one of the world’s most advanced materials, strong, light and incredibly versatile, with potential applications ranging from tissue engineering and drug delivery, to battery technology. However, research published in the most recent issue of the scientific journal Nature points to a new potential application, which could be the most exciting yet. A team researchers, led by the Nobel Prize winner and discoverer of graphene, Andre Geim of Manchester University have found that graphene (previously considered to be impermeable) can in fact allow protons to pass through it. This finding has led the researchers to consider the possibility that in future graphene membranes could be used to “sieve” hydrogen gas from the atmosphere, that gas would then be used to generate electricity.

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