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Graphene: the Material of Tomorrow

As well as being super-strong (20 times stronger than diamond and 200 times stronger than steel) and six times lighter, it is also remarkably conductive, both electrically and thermally.Graphene is the strongest, thinnest material known to exist. A form of carbon, it can conduct electricity and heat better than anything else.

If that wasn’t enough, it is also almost perfectly transparent, impermeable to gas, and its properties are easily alterable.

At one atom thick, it is as good as two-dimensional. Its flexibility means that it could potentially be used for flexible or wearable devices. Additionally, it is also almost perfectly transparent, impermeable to gas, and its properties are easily alterable.

Potential

Graphene has a lot of potential, especially in terms of industrial applications for optical and electronic devices. The American Chemical Society said in 2012 that graphene was discovered to be 200 times stronger than steel and so thin that a single ounce of it could cover 28 football fields

Limitations

Currently, its limitations include:

  • Its conductivity can’t be turned off – as a semiconductor, it is useless.
  • Its production – currently it can only be synthesized in small crystals
  • Not sufficient to produce it for mass commercial use, but all this could soon change.

Governments and the private sector are actively exploring the potential of the substance, with the EU devoting 1.3 billion to it between 2013 and 2023, funding research which could potentially transform a range of sectors, including electronics, energy, health and construction. It won’t be long before the process is widely available.

If you’re looking for a Phoenix semiconductor company, Shin-Etsu MicroSi understands the potential of graphene, resin technology and high thermal resistance material. If you are interested in learning more about our Phoenix semiconductor company and how they can help your business, call Shin-Etsu at (480) 893-8898 or contact us online.