Latest in Science

Image credit:

New process for nanotube semiconductors could be graphene's ticket to primetime (video)

24 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

In many ways, graphene is one of technology's sickest jokes. The tantalizing promise of cheap to produce, efficient to run materials, that could turn the next page in gadget history has always remained frustratingly out of reach. Now, a new process for creating semiconductors grown on graphene could see the super material commercialized in the next five years. Developed at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the patented process "bombs" graphene with gallium, which forms droplets, and naturally arranges itself to match graphene's famous hexagonal pattern. Then, arsenic is added to the mix, which enters the droplets and crystallizes at the bottom, creating a stalk. After a few minutes of this process the droplets are raised by the desired height. The new process also does away with the need for a (relatively) thick substrate to grow the nanowire on, making it cheaper, more flexible and transparent. The inventors state that this could be used in flexible and efficient solar cells and light emitting diodes. We say forward the revolution.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
24 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Apple gets its WiLan patent payout reduced to $85.2 million

Apple gets its WiLan patent payout reduced to $85.2 million

View
Senator calls on Tesla to make Autopilot safety changes

Senator calls on Tesla to make Autopilot safety changes

View
The Morning After: Vine is back, but now it's Byte

The Morning After: Vine is back, but now it's Byte

View
Four Netflix originals are coming to the Criterion Collection

Four Netflix originals are coming to the Criterion Collection

View
Tesla update leaks some upcoming changes for Model S, Model X

Tesla update leaks some upcoming changes for Model S, Model X

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr