Scientists Create Graphene 100 Times Cheaper Than Before
Since its initial synthesization at the University of Manchester in 2004, there has been a general belief that graphene could help resolve the material challenges of the future. However, cost has continued to be a significant barrier in comparison with traditional electronic materials. A team of researchers at the University of Glasgow now claim to have uncovered a method that will make producing graphene significantly less expensive, indeed, they believe they can create the material 100 times cheaper than ever achieved previously.
The properties of graphene form an intriguing material proposition for designers. It has the potential to be stronger, more flexible and less finite than similar materials and in particular, it is envisioned as a potential substitute for silicon in objects like solar cells.
There are a number of different research angles investigating the potential to utilise graphene at a larger scale. The team at the University of Glasgow create large sheets of graphene by using the same type of copper currently used to manufacture lithium-ion batteries.
If the cost of producing it can be lowered, graphene has the potential to enable a number of technological innovations including roll-up displays on mobile phones, “e-paper”, radio-frequency identification tags and much more…
The scale of the breakthrough is difficult to judge at this stage, but graphene continues to be an intriguing and potentially exciting material of the future.