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Graphene as the Next Step in Disruptive Technology
Posted on:Monday, March 24, 2014

The advancement of technology has slowed considerably over the past few years due to the limitation placed on researchers with current manufacturing practices and available resources. Research into new conductive materials for uses in the boom of personal technology has taken a strain, but recent developments of the super element graphene have opened doors to otherwise unimaginable potential.



Graphene for the Future



Graphene is a one atom thick, yet two dimensional derivative of carbon, capable of a vast range of potential properties, with industry changing and world benefitting applications. In the past, economic concerns have plagued the use of the element, as it was extensive to utilize on technology so as to make it impractical. However, recent developments have greatly reduced the manufacturing costs of graphene, making it a more viable solution for the applications once thought too expensive.



Critical applications have bexen established to implicate simple and viable means for applying graphene to surfaces, removing the costly time factors once thought to be restrictive. Graphene can now actually be grown onto a surface, instead of the traditional roll and dry methods that plagued the industry in the past. This method was time consuming, and fraught with impurities and issxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxues deriving from the process. A certain amount of expected loss needed to be written into the application, and the costs made it impractical for large scale manufacturing.



Revolution in Application



Now having the ability to seed a surface and proliferate as a growing ‘organism’ impurities and errors are reduced significantly, as is the manpower required for the outdated application. Graphene growth can now be applied to flexible surfaces such as solar panels, cells, and super capacitors.



Electrical conductivity is highly efficient in the material, and as the world searches for replacement technologies to assist with moving toward a more sustainable approach to energy gathering and consumption, graphene is becoming more critical. The material looses negligible energy during transfer, and is highly resistant to corrosion caused by atmospheric gasses and water, unlike its predecessors.



Conductivity of Graphene



Solar cells are the primary application of graphene coated silicon wafers, as the elements has a high resistance to heat fatigue on an atomic level. The ability to now grow graphene onto a platform reduces the costs of manufacturing, allowing for greater productivity on the manufacturing end as well.




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