Oh, the Places Graphene'll Go!

Oh, the Places Graphene'll Go!

From advanced composite additives for polypropylene
To transistors and transparent conductors nearly unseen
Possibilities almost limitless, conjugatively bound only by dreams

The anticipation is palpable; industry and academia set afire
All over this carbon allotrope, this atomic-scale chicken wire

We're all excited about this Revolution: Graphene
So much potential to make the world more green

Perhaps graphene will make battery life much much longer
Or maybe it will go in to composites, making them stronger

But let us remember: it is no cure-all vaccine,
Much work to be done and information to glean

It takes a good deal more than successful isolation
Of individual graphene sheets to create true innovation

While I'm not claiming to have thus foreseen,
We may soon go through a bit of a disillusionment ravine

We must be realistic. We need to face facts
It won't be overnight that we’ll see significant impacts

Graphene companies abound, popping up daily it seems,
Most won't last, the bubble bursting at its proverbial seams

Better, cheaper, cleaner solutions are indeed musts,
Otherwise don't be surprised by commercialization busts

Now, if I seem to come across as a graphene philistine,
It is assuredly not my intention to demean

Almost all platform materials technologies face a similar test,
The rocky journey, the 'solution seeking a problem' quest

Perhaps there are undue expectations thanks to the hype machine?
A Nobel Prize served to feed that fire with additional gasoline…

I can tell you emphatically we don't yet have all the answers,
Caveat emptor – the onus of merit selection sits with the financers

But alas, that single carbon sheet will find its scene,
Some killer applications, its niche supreme

So dream big entrepreneurs, for the future is bright,
Identify a big problem in a market that’s right

Cost, yield, stability, integration – challenges routine
But surmountable challenges by those who are keen

Graphene, the carbon-based wonder material,
With properties exquisite, nay, ethereal!

Now I must end this ode before it gets too abstruse,
As it's really just a tribute to the late, great Dr. Seuss

R.I.P. Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991)

Associate, Pangaea Ventures Ltd. Matt holds an MPhil in Micro- & Nanotechnology Enterprise from the University of Cambridge and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BSE in Materials Science & Engineering.View Matthew Cohen's profile on LinkedIn


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    Sandra Cohen Monday, 23 September 2013


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    Neil Farbstein Tuesday, 24 September 2013

    That poem was good. I'm looking for funding for my company's graphene supermaterials project.

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    Burnet Saturday, 18 January 2014

    I am looking for companies that manufacture graphene in the U.S. Or companies that use additive manufacturing to manufacture copper or aluminum. I was unable to find any in your portfolio. Are there none you consider promising?

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