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Graphene and 2D Materials

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(Solar Energy, the US Department of Energy)
 

 Heading for the Graphene Revolution

 

 

- The Graphene Revolution: The Weird Science of the Ultra-thin 

Graphene is ultra-light, immensely tough, yet flexible and stretchable. Often with excellent electronic properties,  Graphene was first discovered when physicists peeled the top layer of atoms off of graphite. The discovery was revolutionary as the tessellated substance demonstrated extreme levels of conductivity, flexibility and similarly abilities to store electricity (Just to give you some quick specs, it’s harder than diamonds, 300x stronger than steel, transparent, and a better conductor than copper by about 1,000x).

Made of a single layer of carbon atoms, graphene has properties that make researchers drool. It is hundreds of times stronger than steel and a much better conductor than any of the materials now being used in electronics. Since graphene was first isolated in 2004, a Nobel Prize-winning feat that sparked a whole new exciting field of materials science research, 2D materials have had all kinds of suggested applications. Now, at the cutting edge of research, materials scientists are discovering that stacked layers of these atomically thin materials can open up a whole new world of fascinating and useful properties.

 

- 2D Materials

2D materials can be highly conductive of electricity.o Sme 2D materials can be stacked together or combined to have tunable semiconductor bandgaps, which can make them the perfect materials for producing super-efficient solar panels, perfectly tuned to the wavelengths of light from the sun.  

 

 



 

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