Will Your Next Computer Be Made Using Graphene And Bacteria?

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To develop more efficient computers, along with medical devices, scientists are examining nanomaterials. These are materials manipulated on the scale of atoms and which exhibit unique properties, opening a gateway to advanced technology.

As well as the use of microorganisms, also key to the technology is graphene (a single later of atoms that is very strong, flexible and which boasts excellent conductive properties). The manipulation of graphene involves working in the nanoscale. One thing that has held back the application of graphene for industrial-scale processes is the ability to mass produce the material.

Researchers based at the University of Rochester together with scientists from the Delft University of Technology have outlined a framework to produce graphene to scale – with the help of microbes. The two teams have described how it is possible to produce graphene materials by mixing oxidized graphite with bacteria. The novel method is said to be low cost, relatively fast, and environmentally sustainable. As well as the use of microorganisms, also key to the technology is graphene (a single later of atoms that is very strong, flexible and which boasts excellent conductive properties). The manipulation of graphene involves working in the nanoscale. One thing that has held back the application of graphene for industrial-scale processes is the ability to mass produce the material.

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About the National Graphene Association
The National Graphene Association (NGA) is the primary organization and body in the United States advocating and promoting the commercialization of graphene and addressing critical issues such as standards and policy development. Dubbed the “wonder material of 21st century,” graphene is the thinnest and strongest material ever discovered. Graphene is one atomic layer of carbon — transparent, flexible, and an excellent thermal and electrical conductor. NGA convenes current and future graphene stakeholders from graphene companies, research bodies, suppliers, developers, investors, venture capitalist and government agencies to drive innovation and expedite the commercialization of graphene technologies globally. Founded in 2016 by Dr. Ed Meek, the National Graphene Association is headquartered in Oxford, Mississippi, USA

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