Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pumped in a grant of $100,000 to researchers at University of Manchester who are working on a new kind of condom aimed at mimicking natural sensation while being light weight and impenetrable. The proposed raw material that has been suggested is graphene, a unique material known for its wide array of properties. The main idea is to make a condom which the masses will not reject for reasons ranging from discomfort to lack of pleasure and erectile issues.
Graphene is impenetrable to all kinds of molecules, except water. Its electrical and thermal conductivity properties make it an apt choice for a range of applications ranging from Electronics to Building Materials and the like. The material was first isolated during a routine project of mechanical exfoliation using sticky tape, and is known to be strong.
Given the wide range of positive properties that can be aptly used in condoms, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation has allotted the said research grants for a graphene condom. Although graphene cannot be used to make condoms in isolation, it can be combined with other materials to create a composite which can be used to make the desired condoms. In isolation, graphene is only one atom thick and cannot be used to make a standalone condom. The main criteria is to synthesize a compound which borrows the positive traits of graphene, to arrive at the perfect condom. Graphene’s thermal conducting properties will certainly help make using the condom a more authentic experience. Its lightweight nature will help the wearer feel a certain level of freedom and at the same time, the material’s strength will ensure that failure of condom is close to zero.
However, it is to be noted that there is no specific timeline for the condom to hit stores near you. In all likelihood, research in this regard will take a few years before the right graphene composite is synthesized for the perfect condom. Aravind Vijayraghavan, who is leading the team of researchers at the University of Manchester, is optimistic of the success of the product if synthesized.