A major hurdle in the race to manufacture a graphene computer chip has been cleared by scientists at the University of Manchester. The team of researchers lead by the Nobel Laureates Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, have happily announced that the problem of graphene’s near super-conductivity has now been solved. The research finding is set to reignite the race for a graphene transistor and the race is now on to see which team will be the first to make the breakthrough device that will make graphene the new silicon.
The world of nanomedicine has recently moved one step closer to helping cure some of the most intractable diseases and conditions. Researchers from India and South Korea have synthesized a graphene-based, gold-nanoparticle-covered sensor that is capable of detecting minute traces of DNA. The device paves the way for improving the detection of DNA sequences linked to various genetic diseases.
Graphene 2012 International Conference is to be the largest European Event dedicated to the science of Graphene, and will be held in Brussels (Belgium) from 10th until 13th of April 2012. The event, organised by the quartet of the “Phantoms foundation,” “UCL,” “Institute Catalia de Nanotecnologia,” and “CNRS,” is to include a session on the Graphene Flagship Pilot Action which is working to establish the “Graphene Science and Technology Roadmap.” The roadmap, which will be presented to the European Commission and Member States, will hopefully demonstrate the need for long term funding and the support of the European governments.
The properties of graphene seem to amaze every day, but the latest finding of the researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rice University may be the most surprising of recent months. The team, led by Professor Nikhil Koratkar and charged with determining the wetting transparency of the nanomaterial, have discovered that graphene is practically invisible to water; a unique characteristic of the substance that means water acts exactly as if it wasn’t there.
Understanding the environmental impact of carbon nanotubes remains a vital component of government and industry’s push to capitalize on the scientific advances of the past decade. As such, National Institute of Standards and Technology announcement that they have recently released the first certified “reference material” for carbon nanotube soot provides a glimpse at the direction in which manufacturers must travel in order to vouchsafe their products.