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Wear-resistant graphene shoes

Wear-resistant graphene shoes

The idea of creating wear-resistant shoes arose from the British brand inov-8, which produces clothing for sports. To realize the task, the company's specialists decided to add a chemical substance - graphene - to footwear materials.

Graphene is the world's first two-dimensional material, with a thickness of about 1 carbon atom. At the same time, its strength is 100 times higher than that of steel. Adding graphene to the rubber can increase the wear resistance of shoes by at least 50%, which means that they can extend the life of the products and improve the quality of their wear. For its discovery scientists received the Nobel Prize. This is a very promising material that can expand many areas of industry and technology.

For the discovery of graphene, scientists received the Nobel Prize

For the discovery of graphene, scientists received the Nobel Prize, photo WEB

The effectiveness of graphene-combined materials was tested in laboratory conditions: the experiments showed higher elasticity, strength and abradability of the soles of improved rubber.

On the way to improving the quality of sports shoes, inov-8 entered into cooperation with the University of Manchester, on the basis of which were conducted investigations. Manufacture of sneakers and gym shoes with an improved sole is planned to be launched in 2018. The brand will be the first in history who will make such "revolution" in the sportswear industry.

The brand will be the first in history who will make such a "revolution"

The brand will be the first in history who will make such a "revolution", photo ©

The inov-8 brand was founded in 2003, today the company presents clothes and footwear for sports in 68 countries. It's no secret that sneakers, no matter how modern they are, quickly wear out. The company's specialists realized that it's not the production technology and the design of shoes that need to be changed, but the material. The use of graphene - a sure step on the way to improving the quality of the soles.

Dr. Aravind Vijayaragavan states: "Graphene is extraordinarily flexible, it can be bent, twisted, folded and stretched without any damage. When adding it to the rubber used in G-Series inov-8 shoes, graphene transfers all its properties, including strength. Our unique formula makes this shoe 50% stronger, 50% more elastic and 50% more resistant to wear than the corresponding standard rubber without graphene. "

Dr. Aravind Vijayaragavan

Dr. Aravind Vijayaragavan, photo WEB

Graphene reinforced rubber, due to its flexibility, is able to provide more effective grip with any floor surface in the hall or a treadmill on the street. A revolutionary solution will surely be a new stage in the production of sports shoes and clothes, because competition will not keep you waiting, and each manufacturer will want to provide an improved product with a minimum degree of wear.

Anna Kiryakova, Russia 

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