Graphene is proper ‘disruptive technology’. Every press release in the tech industry now contains that awful phrase, but graphene is the only material capable of changing the world of electronics as we know it. It’s ultra-light, just an atom thin, and yet it’s 200 times stronger than steel. It’s flexible …

Why is graphene so special?

“It’s very versatile, and what’s very special about it is its electronic properties – there is no other material that is so conductive,” says Koppens. “It also has lots of other properties that are crucial – it’s flexible and easy to integrate it into micro-electronics, and as a raw material, it’s cheap,” he says. “It’s just made out of carbon.”

“Isolating it as one-atom thin sheets was the breakthrough, but now that’s been achieved, producing graphene flakes is a straightforward process. Those flakes can now easily be mixed into inks to print flexible graphene-infused electronics….

“It’s ultra-light, just an atom thin, and yet it’s 200 times stronger than steel. It’s flexible, transparent, and more conductive than copper. Scientists have been promising stronger, lighter, flexible products, faster transistors, bendable phones, and many other breakthrough graphene gadgets for over a decade. So, what’s taking scientists so long to make the graphene era a reality? Or, is it really taking as long as some think?”

Why is graphene taking so long?
Source: Alerts – Tech Radar

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