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    New Technology for Graphene: Set For Industrial Production


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    Polish scientists have industrialised the production of graphene, the revolutionary new material set to replace silicon in electronics. Lets take a closer look.

    This is graphene - a one atom thick slice of carbon atoms.

    It could replace silicon in electronics - it conducts electricity and heat like no other material and since its discovery scientists have been looking for a way to industrialize its production.

    Now, Dr. Wlodzimierz Strupinski says he's done it. He says he's has found an efficient and cost effective method of harvesting the material, using commercially available equipment.

    [Dr. Wlodzimierz Strupinski, Institute of Electronics Materials Technology]:
    "Our method does not depend on the evaporating of silicon from the silicon carbide wafer, where as a result the carbon stays on the surface, but it relies on the crystallization of this carbon from an outer source, which means the carbon is settled down in the form of a one or two atom thick layer on the surface."

    The development is an adaptation of an existing process called epitaxy, allowing production on a commercial scale.

    [Dr. Wlodzimierz Strupinski, Institute of Electronics Materials Technology]:
    "Existing commercial machinery from standard epitaxial production was used. This is the reason why this method can be described as an industrial one."

    The discovery of graphene has completely changed material science and condensed-matter physics.

    Possible applications range from high speed, highly efficient processors to flexible touch-screens.

    So, with another electronics revolution under way, an industrial scale source of the material causing all the excitement may soon be within reach.