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New graphene production method ‘offers numerous engineering applications’

29th June 2015

A new technique for producing graphene has been developed by the University of Exeter, potentially opening the door for wider application of the multipurpose material.

The UK team has been able to create a simpler and more affordable alternative to the current standard process, chemical vapour deposition (CVD), which is expensive and time-consuming.

With the new method, graphene is grown in an industrial cold wall CVD system, allowing the material to be produced 100 times faster than conventional methods, while reducing costs by 99 percent and yielding graphene with enhanced electronic quality.

Through this technique, the researchers were able to produce the first graphene-based transparent and flexible touch sensor. It is hoped that this will lead to the creation of an electronic skin for robotic applications in future.

Study co-author Professor Saverio Russo from the University of Exeter said: "This breakthrough will nurture the birth of new generations of flexible electronics and offers exciting new opportunities for the realisation of graphene-based disruptive technologies."

Graphene is only one atom thick and is thus the thinnest substance capable of conducting electricity. It is also very flexible and is one of the strongest known materials.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801792670-ADNFCR

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