Among those expressing enthu­siasm for graphene is the U.S. mil­i­tary. In late 2011, the U.S. Army Research Lab­o­ra­tory in Adelphi, Md., signed an agree­ment to study graphene’s prop­er­ties with North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston. The agree­ment is mainly funded by a $300,000 grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa.

The uni­ver­sity plans to use graphene to design better night-​​vision gog­gles and other such detec­tors, says Srinivas Sridhar, a North­eastern physics pro­fessor. A Darpa rep­re­sen­ta­tive, in an email, con­firmed the project.

 

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