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Mass Manufacturing Graphene: New Method

Hexagonal grid representation of crystalline graphene (single-molecule layer graphite).
The ideal crystalline structure of graphene is a hexagonal grid. By AlexanderAlUS on Wikimedia Commons.

Graphene has been expected to be the next big idea in electronics, medical, and many other fields for quite some time. The properties of graphene outpace that of traditional materials used today. However, mass-manufacturing the single-molecule-layers of graphite (yes, “pencil lead”) has proven difficult, complex, and costly. But new methods are being worked on…

Reported by Next Big Future, a new method of manufacturing graphene has been created by researchers at the University of Exeter. Roll-to-roll manufacturing, a manufacturing process that is still being developed for using with semiconductors, a variety of electronic devices can be printed on top of various ribbons or films of material then transferred onto reactive materials or bases. The researchers were used the experimental manufacturing technique to create a transparent graphene-oxide humidity sensor an expect that everything from biomedical sensors to touch-screens could be printed using the technique.

The University of Exeter is one of the world’s leading authorities on graphene, and this new research is just the latest step in our vision to help create a graphene-driven industrial revolution. High-quality, low cost graphene devices are an integral part of making this a reality, and our latest work is a truly significant advance that could unlock graphene’s true potential.Professor Monica Craciun, Associate Professor in Nanoscience

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