Graphene Advancements Spur New Innovation (.PDF Download)

June 27, 2017
Graphene Advancements Spur New Innovation (.PDF Download)

We’ve all heard about the wonder material graphene. This allotrope of carbon in hexagonal form on the atomic scale, one-atom-thick, is set to revolutionize the world (at least in theory). Faster CPUs, medical devices, sensors, batteries, ultra-strong materials, unprecedented energy collection…there is seemingly nothing the material can’t be applied for or incorporated into.

And the categories continue to grow. Optoelectronics, spintronics, IR light detection, ethanol distillation, fuel cells, water filtration, and transistors are just a few of the many examples graphene has been used for since its current form inception (single-atom layer) was produced in 2004.

The latest developments utilizing graphene are set to usher in new technology, including supercapacitors designed to bring high-performance and longer-lasting batteries; new transistors for ultra-fast CPUs that will make Moore’s Law obsolete; and graphene-based CMOS image sensors, capable of seeing UV, visible, and infrared light at the same time. Below are some of the more intriguing advancements with graphene that have surfaced this year.

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