Graphene is a new form of carbon with unrivalled potential and some very strange physics indeed. It is now shaping up to take over from silicon. Find out how this 21st-century material is winning hearts, minds and Nobel prizes.
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So-called 'wonder material' graphene may be many things, but a replacement for silicon? Not so much, says the head of the graphene flagship that won €1bn in funding last month.
Researchers will be looking at how the one-atom thick graphene can be harnessed for ICT, sensors and transport.
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'?
With applications ranging from electronics to ships, the discovery that a graphene coating protects against corrosion gives the wonder material another string to its bow.
Work by scientists in the US on linking graphene to metal connectors paves the way for realistic electronic designs.
Norwegian scientists move to commercialise breakthrough that uses a molecular beam device to create gallium arsenide nanowires on a graphene substrate.
Science meets almost-technology in Nokia's patent application for graphene tech with the potential for much smaller and lighter sensors than those used in most digital cameras.
The prospect of faster computers may have taken a step closer as US researchers create a patchwork graphene-boron-nitride hybrid to address graphene's band-gap shortcomings.
MIT scientists create electronic components on material that answers graphene's main shortcoming.
Researchers' creation of a silicon-based field-effect transistor that mimics the electrical properties of graphene shows the battle for the future of electronics is still on.
Is there anything Graphene can't do? The wonder material has added another string to its bow, as researchers have found it can aid artificial photosynthesis, which could help with the creation of renewable fuels
Silicene could revolutionise electronics and even be more exciting than graphene - although reseachers will have to figure out exactly what it is, first.
Researchers at the University of California Berkeley (UCB) and the City College of New York (CCNY) have developed a way of controlling the spin of a nucleus that could one day allow us to make rewritable spintronics circuits with light.According to Professor Jeremy Reimer, UCB professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and the study co-author, the major drawback of existing chips is their permanence: "Once the chip is printed, it can only be used one way," he said.
Graphene has been used to revive a rechargeable battery technology invented by Thomas Edison (yes, that Thomas Edison) more than 100 years ago in a collision of technologies that could prove very fruitful.Edison’s idea was that the batteries would power electric vehicles, but the largely technology fell out of use in the 1970s, because although it is very durable, the charge and discharge times are very slow.
An international team of physicists led by US researcher Dmitri Basov, of the University of California, demonstrated that light can be caught and controlled within the two dimensional lattice of wonder-material graphene.Theory has suggested that long wavelength – infrared – photons could be caught and moved through graphene at much less than the velocity of light.