Super-materials like graphene and now borophene hold great potential as the 2D materials undergo further research and commercialisation within the fields of electronics.
“The enormous amount of work done on researching and testing graphene is opening up a whole industry of potential “super-materials”.
“Graphene captured the imagination of scientists and industrialists because testing showed it to be flexible, strong and conductive. In fact, in 2004, when graphene was first discovered, most scientists did not believe it was feasible to isolate a stable, two-dimensional material. But, over time, Andre Geim and colleagues continued to test the thin material until it showed its amazing scope.
As I detailed in an article recently, currently graphene is being used in innovative ways like powering bicycles in Barcelona and being embedded into the fabric of clothes. However, its full-scale adoption has been slow, even though most chemists still agree on its ultimate promise.
And that promise is essentially a 2D material that takes us into the next generation of energy and technological capacity. As proof of that Asimovian dream, the U.K. Intellectual Property Office published a report detailing the worldwide proliferation of graphene-related patents, from 3,018 in 2011 to 8,416 at the beginning of 2013.
The patents suggest a wide array of applications that include eternal batteries, improved solar cells, and racing-speed fast microcomputers.
In fact, Samsung holds the highest number of graphene-based patents and Rice University holds the fourth most number of patents. The university has sold a graphene-embedded paint where the conductivity keeps the ice (off) of helicopter blades.
The point here is that true technological changes arrives incrementally. In the impatient spheres of our daily lives, we expect microwave results and scientific breakthroughs are costly and can take decades to arrive even after the breakthrough has been made and prizes handed out.
In short, for many technological advances, the productivity arrives when nearly everyone has forgotten it had been discovered at all.
So, as some may have seen recently, a new super material has been discovered: borophene. Similar to graphene, borophene is a single later of boron atoms forming metallic crystalline structures.”
Source: Equities.com Stephen L Kanaval
Image: Molecule Man is a series of aluminium sculptures, designed by American artist Jonathan Borofsky, installed at various locations in the world, including Berlin, Germany, and Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States.