The discovery and commercialization of graphene, the first two-dimensional material, which is impossibly thin and incredibly strong, has kicked off a renaissance in nanomaterial research and development. This revolution in the understanding of manipulation at the molecular level could reshape a range of businesses, including energy, construction, and manufacturing. Thus far, however, the large incumbent chemical companies have remained aloof from the hive of activity at startups and in academic research labs. Given the potential of these materials to alter a host of industries, that aloofness may be a luxury they can no longer afford.
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