Graphene offers many of the properties sought by PE manufacturers, including superior flexibility, conductivity and opacity.
David Savastano, Editor11.07.14
There is much research and discussion about the potential for graphene in many industries. A one-atom thick layer of graphite that is formed in a hexagonal lattice, graphene offers superior performance properties, including excellent electron mobility and conductivity, flexibility and high opacity. Graphene is also noted for its amazing strength, which is equal to 100 times the strength of steel at the same thickness.
Considering these properties, it is no surprise that printed electronics researchers and manufacturers are interested in what graphene can do for them. Graphene could play a role in integrated circuitry, transistors and printed electronics, leading to transparent, bendable transistors.
Researchers are currently studying the potential of commercializing graphene. There are new facilities opening – the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) comes to mind – as well as research grants. There are also plenty of innovative companies that are working in the graph
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