Jul 11, 2014

How could graphene change computer technology?

The scientists that discovered graphene were awarded the 2010 Nobel prize in physics for their work. Graphene is supposed to be a “game changer” that will revolutionize our lives. I know that it is too soon to see the impact of the discovery now, but what significant changes will graphene likely bring to computing and technology? Is it really a revolutionary discovery?


It’s too soon to say that graphene will be truly transformative, but it could be. Unlike any other material we now use, such as silicon, graphene can be made only 1 atom thick (or should I say thin). And, because graphene is superbly conductive, it may allow for the manufacture of electronic circuits that are much, much smaller than anything we can make today, as we approach the limits of silicon based technology. It also happens to be very strong. 


There is a good basic summary of graphene on Geek, but it boils down to three properties that are very useful: conductivity, strength, and flexibility.

What is graphene? Here’s what you need to know about a material that could be the next silicon

"Graphene, an emerging material that could change the way electronic components are made and help computing performance continue to grow, is everywhere in the research world these days.

This month alone, advancements suggested it could boost internet speeds, serve as a touch sensitive coating and extend the lives of computers. It is stronger than diamond and conducts electricity and heat better than any material ever discovered, and it will likely play an important role in many products and processes in the future."
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