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Graphene comes of age, thanks to large-area production process

04 January 2021

Cambridge-based technology company Paragraf has developed a better way to make graphene, unlocking its potential for electronic applications.

It’s been 10 years since Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, then scientists at the University of Manchester, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on graphene. The extraordinary capabilities of this two-dimensional material, which is made up of a single layer of carbon atoms bonded in a hexagonal array, led to a burst of interest in graphene.

This excitement about graphene led to the creation of a dedicated lab at the university to study the material, the launch of a number of start-ups, as well as further academic work on characterising its properties. Yet, we are still to see the promise of graphene widely exploited, especially in the electronics industry. Something has been holding it back.

Read the full article in the January issue of DPA

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