Victor Aristov, a Ph.D. at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, along with a team of other researchers, has discovered how to produce high-quality graphene by using the cheapest methods possible.
First of all, a short explanation. Graphene is basically a one-atom-thick carbon layer, and has applications in solar cells, hydrogen storage and even ultracapacitors, who can store and release large amounts of electricity very quickly. It is 50,000 times thinner than human hair and has interesting electronic properties, with more applications to be discovered on a regular basis.
Aristov and his colleagues describe their method as growing the graphene layer on the surface of commercially available silicon carbide wafers. In a report appearing in ACS’ monthly Nano Letters, they say the technology represents “a huge step toward technological application of this material as the synthesis is compatible with industrial mass production.”
This could have deep implications in making graphene for the already available hydrogen storage technologies.