Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Next Big Thing

BRT is a big fan of Graphene. Type Graphene in the Search Panel and stand back to see the postings as this refined version of pencil lead will change all things digital in ways just beginning to be understood by people working with this unique material. The holdup to making graphene-based nanoelectronics is now gone thanks to cutting edge research done by scientists at RPI.

"Results show that when deposited on a surface treated with oxygen, graphene exhibits semiconductor properties. When deposited on a material treated with hydrogen, however, graphene exhibits metallic properties.

"Depending on the chemistry of the surface, we can control the nature of the graphene to be metallic or semiconductor," Nayak said. "Essentially, we are 'tuning' the electrical properties of material to suit our needs."

"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible." - Arthur C. Clarke
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