Friday, July 23, 2010

Graphene as the magic material for the next generation of high-speed electronics

This is a cool look at some future materials that will make our electronics faster and make the term "nanribbons" more commonplace even though the article from MIT says '"It's a first step in a long chain of steps that will lead to graphene electronics.""

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The new method, which involves building from the molecular scale up, comes from researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Germany and Empa in Switzerland. With atomic-level precision, the researchers made graphene nanoribbons about a nanometer wide.

The molecule-thick carbon material called graphene outperforms silicon, which is currently used in electronic components, in every way. It conducts electricity better than silicon, it bends more easily, and it's thinner. Using graphene instead of silicon could lead to faster, thinner, more powerful electronic devices. However, unless graphene sheets are less than 10 nanometers wide and have clean edges, they lack the electronic properties needed before manufacturers can use them for devices like transistors, switches, and diodes--key components in circuitry.


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