There is a heightened interest in investing in graphene these days, as new and new possibilities of this material are being discovered. Indeed, one could consider graphene a super material, with an incredible range of applications. It’s no wonder that it attracts the attention of investors – but it’s also better to be wary of overly hyped offers. Now, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at graphene and the viability of investing in it.
Investing in graphene? Make sure to acquaint yourself with what it can do
Graphene is talked about a lot. This crystalline form of carbon, arranged in honeycomb-like structure, can boast multiple properties that make it usable in a wide range of fields. For one, it is an extremely thin, yet incredibly strong and tough material (it is in fact the thinnest material yet discovered, and one of the strongest as well). It also features remarkable heat and electrical conductivity, high density, elasticity and transparency.
Graphene has already found or is expected to find its uses in the following fields:
- Medicine (in implants, prosthetics, DNA sequencing, cancer treatment, water purification, as a biomarker and much more – you can read about graphene’s application in medicine here)
- Composite material (combinable for example with metals, polymers, ceramics)
- Batteries (it is capable of increasing capacity, enable faster charging, reducing weight and increasing temperature range)
- Textile industry (its thermal, waterproof and fireproof properties make it a promising material to be used there, and there is also the talk of developing “smart textiles”)
- Automotive industry (a huge range of applications as composites, paint, coatings, in sensors and much more)
- Aerospace industry (its high heat resistance makes it suitable to be used in heat management systems, while its lightness and durability are much needed qualities in this particular industry)
And that may be just the tip of the iceberg. In short, graphene and other nanomaterials are likely to define the 21st century the way plastic defined the previous one. But even though the potential is almost limitless, it will still probably take some time to properly harness it. It is therefore better to stay wary and invest into graphene companies after conducting a proper research. The graphene hype gave rise to many scams, promising miraculous returns on your investment in shady companies that pretend to deal in graphene.
The investment could definitely pay off, but if it sounds too good, you should get suspicious
While graphene, together with other nanomaterials, is lauded as a “super material”, “wonder material” and it’s true that it will most likely revolutionise many industries, it is too easy for potential investors to fall into the trap of potential scammers. The enthusiasm and captivating visions of graphene’s potential should not make investors pour their money into everything that brands itself as “graphene company” or sells “graphene” stocks.
One should definitely steer clear of cold callers that contact them via phone, email or chat with tempting offers of annual returns that may even go into double digits, if one would just be willing to take the risk.
As with anything, caution is the key – the graphene industry is just taking off, the market is unregulated and you may never see your money again if you become too trusting!
How do you personally view the future of graphene and nanomaterials? Is the hype well-founded? Would you be willing to invest in graphene (after taking the necessary precautions) yourself? And to which degree? Discuss in the comments below!