Solar panels are getting thinner

Most efforts at improving solar cells have focused on increasing the efficiency of their energy conversion, or on lowering the cost of manufacturing. But now MIT researchers are opening another avenue for improvement, aiming to produce the thinnest and most lightweight solar panels possible.

Graphene-based systems could enable faster processing

Researchers at MIT have proposed a new system that combines ferroelectric materials — the kind often used for data storage — with graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon known for its exceptional electronic and mechanical properties.

Controlling magnetic clouds in graphene

A British team of scientists has managed to successfully create elementary magnetic moments in graphene and then switch them on and off.

Report: Carbon nanotubes can grow on anything

What may be the ultimate heat sink is only possible because of yet another astounding capability of graphene. The one-atom-thick form of carbon can act as a go-between that allows vertically aligned carbon nanotubes to grow on nearly anything.

Graphene inks are on the way

A team of researchers at Northwestern Engineering has come up with a new way of producing graphene, which could eventually lead to printable graphene ink.

Foldable electronics move closer with with inkjet-printed graphene

Imagine a bendable tablet computer or an electronic newspaper that could fold to fit in a pocket.

Will germanium replace silicon in semiconductors?

The same material that formed the first primitive transistors more than 60 years ago can apparently be modified in a new way to advance future electronics.

This flash memory combines graphene and molybdenite

French scientists have combined two materials with advantageous electronic properties - graphene and molybdenite - into a flash memory prototype that offers significant potential in terms of performance, size, flexibility and energy consumption.

2D electronics come a step closer

Scientists say they've taken a big step toward the creation of two-dimensional electronics by combining a conductor and an insulator in layers just an atom thick.

Crumpled graphene forms artificial muscles

Engineers at Duke University engineers have layered atom-thick lattices of carbon with polymers to create unique materials with a wide range of uses, including artificial muscles.

This graphene cleans radioactive water

It’s probably been a while since you’ve thought about the Fukushima nuclear disaster that rocked Japan, and international headlines, in 2011.

Is graphene ready to replace silicon?

For the first time, semiconductors have been produced from graphene - a potential revolution for the electronics market. The Norwegian developers say products could be on the market in as little as five years.

IBM researchers spot individual molecular bonds

IBM scientists recently managed to differentiate the chemical bonds in individual molecules - for the first time - using a technique known as noncontact atomic force microscopy (AFM).

EV super-battery could be graphene's latest trick

Elon Musk has said the big breakthrough in electric vehicle energy may arrive with improved supercapacitors, not batteries.

Century-old battery technology given new life

Nickel-iron batteries, a rechargeable technology developed by Thomas Edison more than a century ago, have been largely out of favor since the 1970s - until now.

New material 'could revolutionize electronics'

A team from the University of Exeter says it's discovered the most transparent, lightweight and flexible material ever for conducting electricity.

New semiconductor synthesized from graphene

Scientists and engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have discovered a completely new carbon-based material, synthesized from graphene, which could mark a big step towards faster electronics.

Team uses graphene film to distil vodka

One of the first creators of graphene, Professor Sir Andre Geim, has found a new use for the wonder material - distilling alcohol.

Graphene transistors compatible with living cells

A team at at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen says it's built the foundation for devices to communicate directly with the human brain.

Graphene used to sniff out explosives

It sometimes seems as if there isn't anything that can't be done better with graphene. Now, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute say that the stuff can outperform leading commercial gas sensors in detecting potentially dangerous and explosive chemicals.