Energy-efficient, high-speed electronics on a nanoscale and screens for mobile telephones and computers that are so thin they can be rolled up. Just a couple of examples of what the super material graphene could give us.
But is European industry up to making these visions a reality?
Seldom has a Nobel Prize in physics sparked the imagination of gadget nerds to such an extent. When Andrej Geim and Konstantin Novoselov at the University of Manchester were rewarded in 2010 for their graphene experiments, it was remarkably easy to provide examples of future applications, mainly in the form of consumer electronics with a level of performance that up to now was virtually inconceivable.
It's not just the IT sector that is watering at the mouth at the thought of graphene. Even in the energy, medical and material technology sectors there are high hopes of using these spectacular properties. Perhaps talk of a future carbon-based technical revolution was no exaggeration. . .View Full Article