An eight-lettered word “Graphene” could be coined as the material of the millennium. Samsung Electronics is anticipating a major technology breakthrough that will allow manufacturers to build thinner smartphones, more flexible and capable of delivering the Internet at a rocket pace using this wonder material. A group of researchers have started working on techniques to synthesize the incredibility of Graphene.
Discovered in 2004, Graphene is amazingly stronger than any other material used in smartphones today. Only an atom thick, it’s probably the thinnest material known to researchers to date. Samsung is looking forward to utilize this property to make sleek, less bulky and classier phones. In addition to this, Graphene has immense flexibility and great conductivity.
The future of Samsung smartphones appears to be bright now, Graphene is likely to usher many such wonders to the industry. The thinnest material will keep the other components inside the phone and hence lead to slimmer smartphones. It’s more durable than steel and has greater electron mobility than silicon. Above all, it’s less prone to damage devices.
Till now, the wonderful Graphene has majorly remained untapped. Its widespread commercialization hadn’t found its way, due to higher cost mainly and other limitations. Previous attempts to synthesize Graphene wafers have, thereby, remained unsuccessful.
Lately, scientists at Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology along with Sungkyunkwan University have figured out a way to create significant portions of Graphene crystals in a single wafer layer, rather than clubbing all the crystals together that hampered its electrical conductivity.
There are speculations about Graphene replacing Silicon as the manufacturing material in the near future. However, Silicon’s tenacity can’t be easily pushed into oblivion, considering the low energy gap of Graphene — it is super-conductive and never really “off”.
Samsung’s phenomenal endeavor into the flexible-wearable and handset industry is sure to lure millions. It’s anticipated that Graphene based technology will permeate the market by 2015.