“The technology of graphene production matures day-by-day, which has an immediate impact both on the type of exciting physics which we find in this material, and on the feasibility and the range of possible applications,” Novodelov said in a statement. “Many leading electronics companies consider graphene for the next generation of devices. This work certainly boosts graphene’s chances even further.”
Leading tech vendors including IBM Corp. [NYSE: IBM] have been investing heavily in graphene-based technologies. Big Blue earlier this summer claimed to build the first graphene-based integrated circuit, which some day could lead to improved wireless devices and less-expensive displays. Earlier in the year, IBM demonstrated a 155-GHz graphene transistor, its fastest yet.
Graphene could also play a role in extending battery life substantially. A company called Vorbeck Materials of Jessup, Md., is working with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to integrate graphene into batteries that can store more energy and recharge more quickly.