The UK may have had a head start on graphene research, but it lags other countries in terms of the number of patents held. Can new funding help it tap the benefits of the so-called 'wonder material'?
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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.
Chancellor George Osborne has promised £50 million for research into graphene, the carbon-based material tipped as a breakthrough in material science, nanotechnology and electronics.Graphene was discovered in 2004 by Dr (now Professor) Kostya Novoselov and Professor Andre Geim from the University of Manchester in work that won them the 2010 Nobel Prize for physics.
Carbon is valuable as diamond and in oil, but a new form of the pure element may be even more important in our future. ZDNet UK presents the first in a series of features on graphene
In an about-face move, IBM has revealed that graphene can't fully replace silicon inside CPUs reports Bit-tech, a UK-based hardware enthusiast site. The reason? A graphene transistor can't actually be completely switched off.
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