Graphene The Next Copper & Silicon?

Graphene The Next Copper & Silicon?

Companies have been trying to find a way around Moore's Law for quite some time now, and a large part of that search involves new materials.  One such material is called Graphene, and can be made into flexible sheets only a single atom thin.

"Graphene is mechanical tough, flexible, transparent, and a great conductor of heat.  The new research shows that it would make an ideal double both in transistors and in interconnects, replacing silicon and copper to form ultra-high frequency circuits.  Further, it could be ideally applied to vast amount of applications including photovoltaics, lcd panels, and sensors, all of which rely on optimal conductivity/electrical behavior."

Currently Graphene is in the fairly early stages of being developed and tested for use in circuitry, and isn't widely available in a suitably refined quality to begin any large scale testing.
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read about this today it looks intersting and should push the perfomance up considerably on many things 

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Graphene is defined as a perfect two-dimensional atomic graphite crystal in the form of a hexagonal cell. Graphene was only recently discovered in 2004, prior to which it was believed that perfect 2D crystals did not exist. It shows great promise for use in integrated circuitry. The problem is that it is currently difficult to produce single sheets of graphene. This technology is still in its infancy, but I am sure it will play a major role in the future development of microprocessors and the multitude of other applications it can be used for.

Image Source: Wikipedia 

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isnt graphite cheaper than silcon

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Is this only a project or it will really be implemented? 

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hopefully implemented 

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It's really difficult for us to deal with things on an atomic scale right now. We can produce all kinds of interesting carbon structures right now, but it's going to be many years before we can affordably mass produce such things.

Personally, I can't wait till we can mass produce buckeytubes, because then we can build space elevators and the real space age will be on.

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The refinement of buckytubes/nanotubes certainly holds a lot of promise for the future. The space elevator being one of the possibilities perfecting graphene and its manufacturing process will bring. While the prospect of creating a space elevator is heavily reliant upon the extreme strength to weight ratio that is theoretically possible with nanotubes, there are many other obstacles that must be overcome for it to become a reality. Graphene sufficiently meets the strength requirements, but any imperfections in its structure significantly reduce its overall strength. Until it can be manufacture without flaws, however small, a space elevator will be little more than fantasy. There is an incredibly fascinating article on Wikipedia that describes the complexity of a space elevator. I was a little disappointed after reading it though, because it makes me think it is going to be at least 50 years before we may see one. Hopefully I will still be around.

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