Growing Semiconductors on Graphene for Thinner, Cheaper Electronics
In 2010, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Professor Helge Weman and post-doctoral fellow Dong-Chul Kim led breakthrough research in growing semiconductor nanowires on graphene. Now, the team is working on translating the results of their research into an initial prototype with their startup company, CrayoNano. Currently, electronics and solar cells use thick silicon substrates and technology companies struggle to produce silicon-based electronics that are smaller than those on the market. Graphene could be be the prime candidate for replacing silicon. Bendable mobile phones, self-powered nanodevices, improved solar cells and LEDs, and windows that generate electricity are a few potential products that could spring from the union of semiconductors and graphene.