Graphene can help protect yourself from mosquito bites
Despite the fact that summer is coming to an end, on the mosquito bites (and other unpleasant insects) and until next year, you can forget the repellent "midges" it is too early to hide for the winter. Yet it is likely that after some few years you will be able to take advantage of a truly high-tech protection against mosquito bites. And we are not talking about the next "miracle spray", and on the substance, which will cover your skin with a heavy-duty layer of graphene, which is no mosquito does not bite.
How to protect yourself from mosquitoes
To date, a variety of common sprays and ointments, insect repellent. Although manufacturers and claim that these products are safe, each such substance contains a warning that allow him contact with mucous membranes or eyes highly undesirable. In addition, these agents rarely have a pleasant smell and are absorbed into the clothing, which is also nice not name. And you use insect repellent on nature? Tell us about it in our chat in the Telegram.
However, a group of researchers from Brown University in Rhode Island offers to use for protection against insects graphene film. If you ever forget it, just in case we recall that graphene - a material whose structure prestavlet a "sheets", consisting of carbon atoms. Carbon atoms arranged in one plane and thus has a thickness graphene only one atom. Graphene - a very thin and durable man-made material in the world. In addition, he also has good electrical and thermal conductivity, it can be used to create electronic devices of a new type. But now a little about it.
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Scientists from Rhode Island have created a graphene-based special gel that can be applied to the skin or clothing. In a series of experiments it was found out that at the time when the graphene film is moist, insects simply can not bite through it. If the film dries, in this case, some mosquitoes can still bite through it. However, the number of mosquitoes that landed on the skin test, was minimal. Scientists attribute this to the fact that graphene does not allow mosquitoes to "see" a man passing out is not as much heat as in its absence.
The structure of graphene
This is the use of graphene mosquito will help reduce the negative impact of these insects to human health associated with the development of a number of infectious diseases - said Dr. William Suk, director of Brown University in Rhode Island and lead author of the work. In addition, the use of carbon materials can reduce the use of pesticides for insect repellent.
As said researchers, their discovery could provide the impetus for the creation of disposable graphene films deposited on the skin and even a special mosquito clothes. It is also possible that the graphene films help in fight with other insect vectors of diseases. However, at the moment the production of graphene is still expensive, but its value is gradually reduced. So it is likely that very soon unique material finally find its use.