Saturday - Mar 23, 2019

Graphene Revolution: Modern and Future Role in Micro Devices


Graphene

The history of wonder material discoveries has never been as exciting as it is now with graphene. There was steel, gold, diamond and many other compounds discovered by man, but they were never discussed in the same breath as graphene. Maybe, the excitement lies in its super strength, light weight and the invisible web of carbon bonds in  just but a one-atom thick compound. In many scientific corridors, graphene is being likened to fusion, in that it projects numerous benefits barely a decade after its laboratory birth. It has already made a huge leap towards realizing the benefits as opposed to fusion which failed to achieve its goals.

In recent times, USA, China and Austria published critical studies that support the imminent presence of graphene in photonics. These studies explored the possibilities of speed, efficiency, low cost telecommunications, electronics, medicine and energy. All these will be possible with the wonder-properties of graphene which is also being lauded as the catalyst to a new generation of super speed computers and huge storage capacity for information.

Research efforts behind the imminent success of graphene

GrapheneThe ‘graphene revolution’ is already ablaze in scientific laboratories worldwide. Research papers on graphene are being published daily whether from America or Austria. It is also the biggest talk in giant universities, nanotechnology companies and research foundations that seek to claim new patents on this evergreen compound.

The political world has not been left behind in the talk and walk of graphene regarding its potential impact on the future of technology. Governments are funding national programmes and academic institutions to delve more into graphene research. Due to the potential of graphene shaping the future of key industries, leaders want to lay claim on its benefits before their opponents do. It can never get better than when everyone’s attention is drawn to one tiny but potent compound.

The scientific revolution is acutely on course with the latest addition of graphene. Nanotechnology has been lauded as the greatest of all but now graphene has taken over the crown of the nanotech industry. The future is going to see graphene in every over-the-edge technology. Scientists are very sure that this vision will come to realization given graphene’s unique and versatile properties.

Why graphene is taking over from silicon and other materials

There are many ways to look at graphene and none of them disappoints at all. Some experts have drawn similarities to plastic but that is a bit too simplified.

First, this compound is over 100 times stronger than structural steel and still transparent. This means that graphene can be used to develop super fast and efficient  telecommunications and electronic items. It can also be combined with other materials to make all sorts of stuff ranging from aircrafts to playing gears to touch screens.

Graphene is more like silicon but more better in its seamless usefulness. While silicon had a revolution, graphene is sure to cause a greater revolution as it dominates in all tech fields. The Apple iPads that we adore today will look like ancient toys once graphene products begin to stream into the markets. This comparison is not meant to dwarf today’s technological efforts, but it is meant to show how bigger the future is set to become with the incorporation of graphene in devices.

Information storage

The most noticeable utility of graphene is the ability to take up a lot of information and store it in miniature devices. For instance, a chip card made of graphene will be able to store more information than the hard disks in today’s computers. Today we have relatively small computer devices but they will seem much smaller when graphene chips start making rounds in phones, computers and a bunch of other devices.

Being light, small and able to carry a lot of information, graphene is not only limited to electronics but will also make a huge mark in other industries. It is a sure bet that it will find more uses in the military and medical industries too.

Solar cells

Graphene's versatility will break the ceiling in solar cells and fossil fuels which are smart ways to make the world a better place to live in. Sustainable environment has been a challenge for all world leaders and a solution is yet to be found. We are already looking at that solution in graphene.

Over 200 research institutions are looking into better ways that graphene can be used across all industries. The move by Samsung (a top communication company) to fund a graphene-antenna programme for wireless and ultra fast chips has laid a huge foundation for the growth of graphene applications in the near future. More and more companies have followed the lead and it is just a matter of time before the market is flooded with graphene-based super-tech applications of all sorts.

Telecommunications & electronics

The greatest take over by graphene lies in telecommunications and electronics. Silicon is doing quite better in the optic cables, but graphene is the force that cannot be stopped. Copper and silver are still big favorites in conductivity. But what if we get a cheaper, faster and more efficient replacement? Graphene is the unstoppable replacement and the world is gearing towards it. The viability of this vision is very high since graphene is cheap, efficient and easy to produce in large quantities.

So far there is nothing definite about graphene applications. No one knows when graphene applications will hit the markets in large quantities. But what seems likely is that micro devices that are better than computers will be available at some point in the future.

Thanks to graphene, companies and governments are working day & night to ensure efficiency in all industries. Graphene may be facing competition in the revolution but nothing is much lighter, stronger and versatile.