Current Projects: Exploring Graphene

 

Graphene, the two-dimensional form of carbon, is considered one of the most promising materials for future IT applications. This is due to the material's special properties: it is almost as hard and durable as diamond, but can be stretched like rubber. It outperforms copper as a conductor of heat and silicon as a conductor of electricity. It is virtually invisible, as it is composed of a single layer of carbon atoms. It is chemically resilient, impermeable to most substances, and based on carbon, a readily available material.

By now, graphene can be produced in large quantities, and possible applications are beginning to be developed: the material may be used as an “electronic ink” to produce electronic circuits, or provide the basis for foldable cell phone displays. Planned are new ultra-fast transistors, superfast optocouplers, as well as new concepts for quickly rechargeable batteries, the sequencing of DNA strands, and even water desalination facilties.

Currently, two of our institutes/chairs are running projects to explore Graphene:

the Institute of Semiconductor Electronics

and the Chair of High Frequency Electronics.