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October 4, 2015 by

IBM claims breakthrough on carbon nanotubes

One of the leading candidates to replace silicon CMOS transistors is carbon nanotubes. But there are still lots of issues with both the basic materials and device structure. Now IBM says it has solved one of the big ones.

August 1, 2014 by

Materials set to shape the future of 3D printing

The future of the burgeoning 3D printing industry looks set to be a battle of materials and data, as the industry's emerging players work to create technology with the potential to change the face of the world's manufacturing industry.

March 16, 2012 by

Graphene coated DVD + LightScribe = Supercapacitor

Scientists at UCLA have put a Lightscribe DVD optical drive to work in their graphene research, and have used them to produce a graphene-based electrochemical supercapcitor that could make itself very useful in a world ever more dependent on battery power.In a paper published in the March 16 edition of the journal Science, the researchers explain that electrochemical capacitors have attracted a lot of interest because they can be charged and discharged much faster than traditional batteries.

February 7, 2012 by

£1.2m for Durham Uni's graphene fab spin out

Under the watchful eye of Dr Karl Coleman who won the 2011 Royal Society of Chemistry's 'Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year', Durham University is spinning out a company to develop the technology for mass production of our favourite two-dimensional material; graphene.The company is betting on its so-called "bottom-up" chemical vapour deposition manufacturing process.

January 2, 2012 by

Non-stick graphene makes anti-glare breakthrough

A collaborative project between Singapore and UK researchers has revealed another useful property of graphene; it can offer protection from laser pulses.Scientists at the National University of Singapore, DSO Laboratories and the University of Cambridge were investigating ways of blocking graphene’s natural tendency to stack and form the more familiar graphite – that’s pencil lead to you and me.

January 2, 2012 by

Apple's Ive knighted alongside graphene pioneers

Apple designer Jonathan Ive has been made a knight commander of the Order of the British Empire, the honours list published on New Year's Eve revealed.Ive, from Essex, has headed up Apple's industrial design efforts since 1997.

June 13, 2011 by

How does graphene work?

Graphene gets its unique properties from the geometry of its carbon atoms. But how does something so simple produce such profoundly different physics?

June 8, 2011 by

How to make graphene

Sellotape and sugar rub shoulders with high-temperature furnaces and low-pressure chambers in a rush to produce graphene, which aims to be the 21st century's successor to silicon


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