Graphene is known for its superior electron mobility - the transfer speed of an electron through a semiconductor. Because of this, graphene is considered to be the next big thing in consumer electronics.
However, producing single sheets of graphene is time-consuming. IBM was the first to fabricate graphene transistors, a milestone that led to the creation of the first graphene-based integrated circuit.
Today, Samsung revealed its grandiose plan to use graphene in future electronics devices, including wearables and flexible displays. In a statement today, the South Korean technology giant said that it was able to develop a synthesis method that will speed up graphene commercialization.
The scientific breakthrough was achieved by the researchers at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT ), in partnership with the Sungkyunkwan University.
The new method can reportedly produce large-scale, single crystal wafer scale graphene. Previously, researchers relied on a multi-crystal synthesis, a process that deteriorated the electric properties of the material, therefore limiting its range and making commercialization difficult.
The new method, Samsung further explained, can synthesize large-area graphene into a single crystal on a semiconductor without affecting its electric properties.
“This is one of the most significant breakthroughs in graphene research in history,” researchers at SAIT said. “We expect this discovery to accelerate the commercialization of graphene, which could unlock the next era of consumer electronic technology.”
Samsung will publish the research in the April issue of Science Magazine and ScienceExpress.