Nokia receives $1.35 billion grant to further develop graphene

By on February 1, 2013, 5:30 PM

Nokia has been awarded a $1.35 billion, 10 year grant from the European Union to further develop graphene for practical applications. The 2D super material is just a single atom thick yet according to the Finnish handset maker, it’s the strongest material ever tested – exhibiting a breaking strength 300 times greater than steel.

At one atom thick, it’s the thinnest object ever created by man as well as the lightest. A model of the material resembles 2D crystals aligned to look something like scotch tape. The material is transparent and bendable and is a much better conductor than copper which could lead to a number of uses in computing and the electronics field in general.

Nokia is part of the Graphene Flagship Consortium, a group of 74 academic and industry partners interested in the technology. Nokia CTO Henry Tirri points out that his company has been working with the material for the past seven years and have come to identify multiple areas where graphene could be applied in modern computing environments.

Nokia Research Center leader Jani Kivioja believes the technology will ultimately have the same impact on manufacturing as iron and silicon have had in previous generations. He says we are now looking at the beginning of a graphene revolution.

It goes without saying that Nokia is interested in the technology for the mobile industry. Given enough time, it is believed that they will be able to use graphene to make handsets that are lighter and more durable that today’s phones while being less susceptible to overheating.




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1 person liked this | ikesmasher said:

What does it mean by 300 times breaking power? compared to a 2d (single layer) atomic bond of steel?

How expensive is graphene to produce currently?

havok585 havok585 said:

Let the REVOLUTION begin !!

Win7Dev said:

Can Intel make processors out of graphene instead of silicon? Forget 22nm, let's go to 1nm processes.

Nima304 said:

What does it mean by 300 times breaking power? compared to a 2d (single layer) atomic bond of steel?

How expensive is graphene to produce currently?

I'd also like to know how expensive it is to make.

GreenArrow GreenArrow said:

Can Intel make processors out of graphene instead of silicon? Forget 22nm, let's go to 1nm processes.

first graphene is not a semiconductor ( [link] )

second assuming that DNA is 2nm wide I don't think that we are going to get to 1nm any time soon

GreenArrow GreenArrow said:

Can Intel make processors out of graphene instead of silicon? Forget 22nm, let's go to 1nm processes.

first graphene is not a semiconductor ( [link] )

second assuming that DNA is 2nm wide I don't think that we are going to get to 1nm any time soon

ya I am an ***** sorry don't listen to me

Ranger1st Ranger1st said:

Going to assume the non engineer means ' shear ' where he said 'breaking '..

Win7Dev said:

" Intrinsic graphene is a semi-metal or zero-gap semiconductor."

[link]

Hence why I asked.

MilwaukeeMike said:

This is all well and good, but there's a world of difference between making something in a lab and making it commercially possible. It's not uncommon for the manufacturing of something to be more complicated than discovering the stuff in the first place.

For example, synthetic diamonds may someday be used to make almost everything. They conduct heat and electricity better than anything else, and are far stronger and lighter than steel. If you read about them, you get the impression it's about as perfect a substance as water. If we could only figure out how to make them faster and cheaper.

"Graphene will have the same impact as iron and silicon?" Iron and Silicon exist in nature, Graphene needs to be manufactured. Plastic might be a more accurate analogy, but we already dig for oil for other purposes.

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