Cambridge researchers translate graphene into printable circuitry material, bring basic ‘Skynet’ factory to you

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Yes, graphene is amazing and possesses many useful / otherworldly properties. The ability to use graphene itself to print flexible, transparent thin-film transistors via an inkjet printer is just another one of them. Over at the University of Cambridge, researchers have discovered that it’s possible to print standard CMOS transistors using a graphene component. Provided the graphene is chipped off a block of graphite using a chemical solvent and the larger (potentially print-head blocking) chips are removed, it can be turned into a polymer ink which can then run through a conventional inkjet printer. The potential result of this is flexible, transparent and wearable computer circuitry coming from ordinary printers as opposed to several multi-million-dollar machines in a factory, which has long been the historical standard. Besides, who wouldn’t want to print their own circuitry on a PhotoSmart MFP rather than whatever report might be due the next day?Cambridge researchers translate graphene into printable circuitry material, bring basic ‘Skynet’ factory to you originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 25 Nov 2011 20:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink ExtremeTech, MIT  |  Cornell University Library  | Email this | Comments

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