Will GraphExeter Revolutionize the Electronics Industry?

by Julie S. on September 4, 2015

Will GraphExeter Revolutionize the Electronics IndustryGraphExeter, the recently discovered graphene-based material that is more resilient than graphene, is positioned to replace indium tin oxide (ITO), the main conductive material used in most touchscreen applications and some solar panels. Graphene is the thinnest material known to mankind as is also capable of conducting electricity. At just one-atom thick, it is flexible and strong—about 200 times stronger than steel. It isn’t, however, resistant to extreme conditions, and it’s expensive.

Researchers from the University of Exeter discovered GraphExeter earlier this year and note the new material can withstand relative humidity of up to 100 percent for 25 days, at temperatures of up to 150°C. In a vacuum, GraphExeter can withstand temperatures of up to 620°C. Its resiliency may also prove advantageous in space applications and in harsh environments like nuclear power plants. Conductive GraphExeter, like Graphene, is also transparent, lightweight and flexible.

ITO has limited flexibility before it begins to crack and is also expensive, which is why ITO replacement is a large and growing market estimated to reach $8.1 billion by 2021.

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