Researchers hailing from Russia recently announced their new proposed method of producing high-quality graphene nanoribbons. These ribbons are useful due to their semiconducting properties and can be used to create transistors, which are the basis for all electronics.
These researchers have solved the largest problem with producing nanoribbons, that being the slicing of the graphene. To solve this issue, they have used a normal vacuum and a cheap nickel substrate to create an atomically flawless, seven atom wide nanoribbons.
This process is cheap and can easily be scaled up to a mass production level, possibly outperforming silicone. This new synthesis technology could allow for large scale usage of graphene nanoribbons, and could possibly be used more usually than previously on a larger scale.
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