Graphene: Potential Worldwide Superconductor.

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Graphene: Potential Worldwide Superconductor.

Christian Contreras, Staff Writer

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Graphene is a relatively newly discovered form of carbon. Graphene is a single layer of carbon arranged in hexagonal lattice. It was discovered in 2004 and characterized by two scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov. It is tested to be stronger than diamond and is able to conduct electricity more efficiently than copper. It is also a great thermal conductor. Because of its special properties, it is seen to have a lot of potential and could possibly replace many conductors in all kinds of electronics.

Some researchers from Linköping University in Sweden have sought to harness the potential power of graphene. They seek to develop a new source of renewable energy by using solar energy to create fuel from water and carbon dioxide. They want to break down these molecules to get the 3 basic elements that make up most of our fuel. They first created a material known as cubic silicon carbide which has the ability to capture solar energy into carriers. The researchers hope that with graphene these carriers will become much more efficient and also assist in the solar energy conversion. One of the problems of graphene is the production of it can only be easily done by single layers. The researchers have tested ways to create multiple layers at once. They found that when growing the graphene at a controlled temperature, it is possible to control the overlapping and the amount of layers the material contains. Graphene was originally only able to be made in single layers but now with this new method, graphene’s potential has grown. Multiple layers will increase its conductivity and even unlock new properties when the layers are arranged in specific ways. Graphene is on its way to become a worldwide superconductor.

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