Thursday, March 11, 2010

Graphene, is there something you can't do?

Graphene for electrodes in LEDs:
Today's organic displays use inorganic ITO for the transparent electrodes that turn pixels on and off, but the material is costly and in short supply because it is also used in LCD flat-panel manufacture. Graphene could cut costs more than a hundredfold, according to the Stanford researchers.
Graphene as support film for microscopy:
Graphene is a single atomic layer of carbon atoms tightly packed in a two-dimensional honeycomb lattice. This novel material is atomically thin, chemically inert, consists of light atoms, and possesses a highly ordered structure. Graphene is electrically and thermally conductive, and is the strongest material ever measured. These remarkable properties make graphene the ideal support film for electron microscopy.

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