Ultra Thin Graphene Condoms Development
In one of the incredible applications of graphene in the health industry, Scientists in the University of Manchester are developing ultra thin graphene condoms. Though current condoms are almost excellent barriers of unwanted contaminants, they are heavy and thick — which is the reason they reduce sensation and probably why people do not like wearing them, no matter the risk.
The team of Scientists from the university has received a grant of £62,123 to work on the project from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. This is through the foundation`s Grand Challenges exploration program which supports creative projects aimed at improving health of people in the developing world. According to Dr Aravin Vijayaraghavan who will lead the team of scientists researching condom, if the project succeeds we might have an everyday use which literally will touch everyday life in the most intimate way.
The team at Manchester is only one of the 11 teams that received grants from the foundation to work on the project. In their call to the Scientists on March 2013, the foundation sees the project`s success as what is going to be the next generation condom that enhances and significantly preserves pleasure. In their proposal the condoms to be developed, must at least work well just like the existing condoms.
Graphene is a wondrous material with properties that make it the most studied material. It is the strongest, the best conductor, the thinnest, and to crown the most wondrous material known to man. Graphene was first, isolated at the University of Manchester in 2004 By Professor Kostya Nevoselov and Professor Andre Geim. Currently several companies are putting graphene into use in develop the next generation devices. The team of scientist according to a trusted source will use graphene with latex to develop a “nanomaterial” that could be used to make the thinnest condom.
With the experience, the team has on graphene we hope they will soon come up with a condom that will lower rate of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases transmission in the developing world.