Study Creates Way to Mass Produce Graphene

DRESDEN, Germany, June 14 (UPI) — German scientists say they’ve created a simple, inexpensive manufacturing method that could allow mass production of graphene for electronics applications.

The researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research in Dresden, Germany, said the commercial production of graphene could rival silicon in its potential for revolutionizing electronic devices ranging from supercomputers to cell phones.

Graphene consists of a layer of graphite 50,000 times thinner than a human hair with unique electronic properties.

Victor Aristov, who led the research, said he and his team developed “a very simple procedure for making graphene on the cheap” — growing high-quality graphene on the surface of commercially available silicon carbide wafers to produce material with excellent electronic properties.

The researchers said their achievement represents a huge step toward technological application of the material as the synthesis is compatible with industrial mass production.

They report their research in the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters.

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