Graphene - The Next Wonder Material
Graphene is a single layer of carbon based material (graphite) bonded in a honeycomb lattice. Looking at the big picture, it is strange to think that Carbon, the sixth most abundant element on Earth, is viewed as the next wonder material. The specific allotrope of Carbon is graphite, which has been used for generations. Yet it wasn’t until 1947 when the first theory of Graphene was explored in order to understand the electronic properties of graphite. Since then it has taken nearly 60 years to cerate graphene by itself. In 2004 Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov at The University of Manchester extracted single atomic layer of crystallites from bulk graphite. In the last 12 years new methods for the synthesis of graphene have emerged with Thermal CVD leading the way creating the highest quality and largest sheet sizes with a lower cost ratio than any other method. Now the first commercial instruments for graphene synthesis are on the market, ready to handle the research and development of this wonder material.
Why is Graphene the next wonder material?
In simple terms, it is transparent, flexible and has excellent electronic properties. It has the potential to replace ITO (indium tin oxide) for uses in LCD, PDP, OLED displays and touch screens. The near future may see displays for your tablet, cell phones that are flexible, foldable and transparent. It can also be used in atypical Si thin film solar cells, dye sensitive solar cells, transparent electrodes and for electromagnetic shielding.
Graphene “the dream material” holds innumerable potential for applications from electronics, touch screens, medical devices, and more. Most application areas are still in their infancy. Since graphene is still a relatively new material, continuous research will uncover its immense industrial value for the revolution of next-generation electronics.
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