Layers of carbon one-atom thick can absorb blows that would punch through steel. Recent tests suggest that pure graphene performs twice as well as the fabric currently used in bulletproof vests, making it an ideal armour for soldiers and police.
Graphene is a sheet of single carbon atoms bonded together in a honeycomb shape. Because it is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity, graphene is already used in computers and electronics. But it’s also incredibly strong for its slight weight, potentially making it an ideal material for body armour.
Scientists found that graph performs twice as well as Kevlar and withstands 10 times the kinetic energy that steel can. Learn more here.