This Is How Graphene Will Grow the Flexible Semiconductors of the Future

By Eric Limer on at

As you should already know, graphene is the super thin, super strong, transparent, conductive, self-repairing material that's poised to revolutionise the future by not only super-charging batteries but also by giving us flexible semiconductors. This is how they get made.

This video shows the patented process developed by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, which involves growing crystallised nanowires out of gallium and arsenic. The important thing to note here is how graphene allows us to do away with a rigid 500 nanometre thick substrate, and instead opt for a flexible, transparent, single-atom-thick graphene base.

It's going to be a while before we start seeing the fruits of this labour in consumer tech, but that doesn't make it any less amazing right now. The future can't come fast enough [The Research Council of Norway via Gizmag via Engadget]