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Small world: atom-scale materials are the next tech frontier


Every age in the history of human civilisation has a signature material, from the Stone Age, to the…
A scanning electron microscope image shows two traces of laser-induced graphene on a polyimide film. A laser mounted to the microscope was used to burn the patterns into the film. The technique shows promise for the development of flexible electronics. Image credit: Tour Group
Graphene forms under microscope’s eye


You don’t need a big laser to make laser-induced graphene (LIG). Scientists at Rice University, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville…
Lab turns trash into valuable graphene in a flash

January 28, 2020

That banana peel, turned into graphene, can help facilitate a massive reduction of the environmental impact of concrete and…
A huge microscope helping LiU researchers design new materials

December 26, 2019

Researchers can use the most intense microscope in the world, the MAX IV synchrotron facility in Lund, to…
Ultrathin Graphene Diamond Film could make Electronics Stronger, Smaller, and More Flexible

December 12, 2019

Graphene – widely known for its exceptional strength – has just become even tougher! Researchers from South Korea…
Smog-eating graphene composite reduces atmospheric pollution

December 6, 2019

An international group of scientists, including from the University of Cambridge, have developed a graphene composite that can…
A four-way switch promises greater tunability of layered materials

November 19, 2019

A scientific team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University has made the…
Size matters in ion selectivity and energy storage

October 28, 2019

While ions adsorbed on carbon electrodes can vary in size and shape, when it comes to selectivity and…
Nebraska-led team to explore DNA as tool to build graphene circuits

October 28, 2019

Graphene is a groundbreaking material in the nanotechnology field, but it has characteristics that limit its potential applications.…
Graphene substrate improves the conductivity of carbon nanotube network

October 17, 2019

Transparent conductive films (TCFs) have many applications in touch screens, organic light emitting diodes and solar cells. These…
Travelling light- first environmentally friendly graphene smart- case unveiled

October 10, 2019

A prototype for a graphene– based smart suitcase made of 100% of recycled plastic has been developed in collaboration…
Bacteria trapped — and terminated — by graphene filter

October 8, 2019

Airborne bacteria may see what looks like a comfy shag carpet on which to settle. But it’s a…
Finding the “magic angle” to create a new superconductor

October 4, 2019

Researchers at The Ohio State University, in collaboration with scientists around the world, have made a discovery that…
Electronic states: How to create things that don’t exist

October 3, 2019

The newest theoretical physics professor at Aalto calculates what we need to do to create electronic states that…
Borophene on silver grows freely into an atomic ‘skin’

October 1, 2019

Borophene has a nearly perfect partner in a form of silver that could help the trendy two-dimensional material grow to unheard-of…
Graphene is 3D as well as 2D

September 26, 2019

Graphene is actually a 3D material as well as a 2D material, according to a new study from…
Platinum-Graphene Atomically-thin Fuel Cell Catalysts Show Superior Stability Over Bulk Platinum

September 19, 2019

Films of platinum only two atoms thick supported by graphene could enable fuel cell catalysts with unprecedented catalytic…
Graphene. Image credit: Max Pixel, CC0 Public Domain
Atomically thin minerals show promise as proton conducting membranes for green technologies

September 3, 2019

Researchers at The University of Manchester discovered that atomically- thin micas – the name given to a type of common…
Graphene shield shows promise in blocking mosquito bites

August 29, 2019

An innovative graphene-based film helps shield people from disease-carrying mosquitos, according to a new study funded by the…
Next generation synthetic covalent 2D materials unveiled

August 26, 2019

A team of researchers at the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester have developed a new method to synthesize 2D…
Finding the Magic in the Magic Angle

August 14, 2019

Just over a year after researchers at MIT stunned the physics world with the discovery of the “magic…
Samsung Rumoured to Roll out a Smartphone with a Graphene Battery in the Near Future

August 13, 2019

Back in 2016, Samsung went through a well-publicised fiasco after the release of the Galaxy Note 7 which…
Rice scientists have made it much simpler to add carbon chains to hexagonal-boron nitride, a 2D material much stiffer than steel and an excellent conductor of heat. Click on the image for a larger version. Illustration by Angel Martí Group
You’re not so tough, h-BN

August 13, 2019

Hexagonal-boron nitride is tough, but Rice University scientists are making it easier to get along with. Two-dimensional h-BN, an…
Physicists Make Graphene Discovery that Could Help Develop Superconductors

August 2, 2019

When two mesh screens are overlaid, beautiful patterns appear when one screen is offset. These “moiré patterns” have…
Experiments explore the mysteries of ‘magic’ angle superconductors

August 2, 2019

In spring 2018, the surprising discovery of superconductivity in a new material set the scientific community abuzz. Built…
Stanford physicists discover new quantum trick for graphene: magnetism

July 29, 2019

Sometimes the best discoveries happen when scientists least expect it. While trying to replicate another team’s finding, Stanford…
New quantum phenomena helps to understand fundamental limits of graphene electronics

July 29, 2019

A team of researchers from the Universities of Manchester, Nottingham and Loughborough have discovered quantum phenomena that helps…
A Graphene Superconductor That Plays More Than One Tune

July 18, 2019

What’s thinner than a human hair but has a depth of special traits? A multitasking graphene device developed…
Anne Meyer, professor of biology, and her colleagues have developed a novel approach to producing graphene in the lab. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)
Will your future computer be made using bacteria?

July 11, 2019

In order to create new and more efficient computers, medical devices, and other advanced technologies, researchers are turning…
Research reveals exotic quantum states in double-layer graphene

June 30, 2019

Researchers from Brown and Columbia Universities have demonstrated previously unknown states of matter that arise in double-layer stacks…
Researchers create graphene and graphite nanocorrals

June 27, 2019

Lancaster chemistry researchers are part of an international team of scientists that have discovered how to create tiny nanocorral structures…
Scientists found a way to make graphene 200 times cheaper and greener

June 24, 2019

Graphene is the thinnest and strongest material that we know. It is also great heat and electricity conductor.…
Physics at the Edge of Topological Insulators

June 13, 2019

In 2005, condensed matter physicists Charles Kane and Eugene Mele considered the fate of graphene at low temperatures.…
Flexible generators turn movement into energy

June 3, 2019

Wearable devices that harvest energy from movement are not a new idea, but a material created at Rice…
Manipulating atoms one at a time with an electron beam

May 22, 2019

The ultimate degree of control for engineering would be the ability to create and manipulate materials at the…
Coal could yield treatment for traumatic injuries

April 29, 2019

Graphene quantum dots drawn from common coal may be the basis for an effective antioxidant for people who suffer…
Hydrogen Sticks to Graphene More Than Expected and Now We Know Why

April 26, 2019

For all its complexity, chemistry amounts to just two things: making and breaking bonds between atoms. Understanding how…
New hybrid energy method could fuel the future of rockets, spacecraft for exploration

April 9, 2019

Nontraditional route shown to increase performance, burn rate. WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Graphene, a new material with applications…
Smoothing out the wrinkles in graphene

March 7, 2019

To protect graphene from performance-impairing wrinkles and contaminants that mar its surface during device fabrication, MIT researchers have…
Breakthrough in the search for graphene-based electronics

February 22, 2019

A team of researchers from Denmark has solved one of the biggest challenges in making effective nanoelectronics based…
GraphON coated catalytic static mixer. Credit: CSIRO
GraphON: Conductive coatings & materials

February 20, 2019

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has created a breakthrough new form of graphitic material that’s conductive, easy to…
Laser-induced graphene gets tough, with help

February 18, 2019

Laser-induced graphene (LIG), a flaky foam of the atom-thick carbon, has many interesting properties on its own but gains new…
Nano-infused ceramic could report on its own health

February 11, 2019

A ceramic that becomes more electrically conductive under elastic strain and less conductive under plastic strain could lead to a new generation…
Graphene biosensor could provide early lung cancer diagnosis, research shows

February 5, 2019

The wonder-material graphene could hold the key to unlocking the next generation of advanced, early stage lung cancer…
‘Magnetic graphene’ switches between insulator and conductor

February 5, 2019

Researchers have found that certain ultra-thin magnetic materials can switch from insulator to conductor under high pressure, a…
Graphene crinkles can be used as ‘molecular zippers’

February 5, 2019

A decade ago, scientists noticed something very strange happening when buckyballs — soccer ball shaped carbon molecules —…
Unlocking graphene’s superconducting powers with a twist and a squeeze

February 4, 2019

Graphene has been heralded as a wonder material. Not only is it the strongest, thinnest material ever discovered,…
Fluid-inspired material self-heals before your eyes

January 29, 2019

It’s hard to believe that a tiny crack could take down a gigantic metal structure. But sometimes bridges…
‘GO dough’ makes graphene easy to shape and mold

January 25, 2019

A Northwestern University team is reshaping the world of graphene — literally. The team has turned graphene oxide…
Physicists record “lifetime” of graphene qubits

January 2, 2019

Researchers from MIT and elsewhere have recorded, for the first time, the “temporal coherence” of a graphene qubit…
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