Step Toward Mass Production of Graphene

11 June 2010

Scientists have overcome a major hurdle in efforts to begin commercial production of graphene, a material with the potential for revolutionising areas such as composites and electronics.

Graphene consists of a layer of graphite 50,000 times thinner than a human hair with unique properties. Victor Aristov and colleagues indicate that graphene has significant potential, hindered by today's cumbersome, expensive production methods, which result in poor-quality graphene and which are not practical for industrial scale applications.

Aristov and colleagues report that they have developed “a very simple procedure for making graphene on the cheap.” They describe growing high-quality graphene on the surface of commercially available silicon carbide wafers to produce material with excellent properties. It “represents a huge step toward technological application of this material as the synthesis is compatible with industrial mass production,” their report notes.

Their study appears in ACS' Nano Letters, a monthly journal: “Graphene Synthesis on Cubic SiC/Si Wafers. Perspectives for Mass Production of Graphene-Based Electronic Devices.”

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