The next generation of male condoms, a combination of latex and grapheme, is currently being developed by researchers at HLL Life Care in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
The new condom has received accolades from far and wide, including from the Bill and Melinda Foundation, the company said in a statement Thursday.
"Our scientist Lakshminarayanan Regupathy and his team are already into the task. Our philosophy is to fuse innovation with social commitment," said HLL chairman and managing director M. Ayyappan.
HLL Lifecare Ltd, with its headquarters here in the Kerala capital, is one of the world's biggest contraceptive manufacturers.
The company said graphene is a two-dimensional material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb or chicken wire structure. It is the thinnest stretchable material known and is also one of the strongest. It conducts electricity as efficiently as copper and overtakes all other materials as a conductor of heat.
Scientists at HLL said they want to bring this material into the life of people by incorporating graphene into condoms. This will allow reduction in the condoms' thickness from about 0.07 mm currently to less than 0.04 mm, and increase the heat conductivity.
It may also be possible to incorporate drugs into the material for reproductive health, they said.