Samsung Electronics discovers groundbreaking method to commercialize graphene

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Samsung Electronics announced a groundbreaking method to ?speed the commercialization of graphene, a unique material ideally suited for electronic devices.?

Official blog post of Samsung through the leaders at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) laboratory said, ?This is one of the most significant breakthroughs in graphene research in history. We expect this discovery to accelerate the commercialization of graphene, which could unlock the next era of consumer electronic technology.?

According to the researchers, ?graphene has one hundred times greater electron mobility than silicon, the most widely used material in semiconductors today. It is more durable than steel and has high heat conductibility as well as flexibility, which makes it the perfect material for use in flexible displays, wearables and other next generation electronic devices.?

SAIT, in partnership with Sungkyunkwan University claims that they are the first in the world to develop this new method. They added that engineers around the world have invested heavily in research for the commercialization of graphene since its discovery in 2004. “These engineers have found that multi-crystal synthesis”, said SAIT “deteriorated the electric and mechanical properties of the material, limiting its application range and making it difficult to commercialize.”

?The new method synthesizes large-area graphene into a single crystal on a semiconductor, maintaining its electric and mechanical properties. The new method repeatedly synthesizes single crystal graphene on the current semiconductor wafer scale,? SAIT and Sungkyunkwan University said.

It could be remembered that Nokia has been in the graphene research since 2006. Just last year, Nokia received a $2.3 billion grant from the European Union’s Future and Emerging Technologies program to develop graphene-based technology solutions.

The SAIT?s research results which will be published in the April 4 issue of Science Magazine and ScienceExpress was funded by Korea?s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP), under the Project to Nurture Leading Creative Researching Experts Program.


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