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Graphene could soon be used for flexible, ultra-thin devices

Graphene could be used in smart devices to make them thinner, flexible
| Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 5:49 am

We all want thinner devices, but how about flexible? It's all an inevitability, but what materials would be used to deliver such devices to the masses? Well, it looks like graphene, a carbon-based material, could be the answer.




The American Chemical Society, graphene is a "wonder material", which is 100 times stronger than steel and if stretched out thin enough, a single ounce of the material could cover 28 football fields. The ACS have said that the material is currently under development for use in solar panels "that could be used to cover the outside surface of a building, in addition to the roof".


As soon as these solar panels start getting bolted to buildings and houses, the next step would be smart devices. The ACS explains:


Touch screens made with graphene as their conductive element could be printed on thin plastic instead of glass, so they would be light and flexible, which could make cell phones as thin as a piece of paper and foldable enough to slip into a pocket. Because of graphene's incredible strength, these cell phones would be nearly unbreakable.


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