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Penn Scientists Demonstrate Potential of Graphene Films as Next-generation Transistors
July 30, 2008
Physicists at the University of Pennsylvania have characterized an aspect of graphene film behavior by measuring the way it conducts electricity on a substrate. This milestone advances the potential application of graphene, the ultra-thin, single-atom-thick carbon sheets that conduct electricity faster and more efficiently than silicon, the current material of choice for transistor fabrication.
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