Graphene’s market opportunities are starting to arrive
At the 1855 Exposition Universelle in Paris a wondrous new metal wowed the crowds: aluminium. The enthusiasm surrounding it belied the decades of research taken to reach that point, with the big breakthrough occurring when Henri-Etienne Sainte-Claire Deville started producing the material on a commercial scale.
However, aluminium proved phenomenally expensive; France’s Emperor Napoleon III is said to have honoured special dinner guests by providing them with aluminium cutlery. Everyone else had to make do with gold or silver.
The price only fell with the development of the Hall . . .