Carbon Is The New Silicon

Paul Raven @ 22-04-2006

If you cut open a nanotube and roll it out flat, you get a sheet of carbon-graphite one molecule thick, referred to as ‘graphene’. Research at the UK’s University of Manchester shows that graphene sheets act like a metal, but a metal with properties governed by quantum physics. For instance, they can be used to filter electrons according to their quantum spin, opening the door on the elusive ‘spintronics’ computation models.

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