Mon. Oct 3rd, 2022

At one atom thick, graphene is one of those strange materials that is said to change the future. Scientists say that the future may have already arrived as the possibilities offered by the material called graphene are being assessed as very important for fast and efficient 5G networks and for the future of telecommunications in general.

This hexagonal lattice formed by carbon atoms is called graphene and is one atom thick but stronger than steel. It is electrically conductive, heat efficient and is valued for its rare properties.

Kostya Novoselov, winner of the Nobel Prize for his work with graphene, says that telecommunications could be a good field of use as the material is completely transparent and can transmit data at high speed through electrical circuits and very efficiently.

“It enables sending the signal processing to the optical centers. Apart from graphene, I don’t believe there are any other materials that can do this. So it realizes sending the signal at the same speed. The use in telecommunications is probably the best and at the same time the most feasible,” says Mr. Novoselov.

The lightweight material can be used in every field from shoes, clothes and cars making them more resistant, flexible and intelligent.

Graphene’s ability to transmit data at high speed will also enable the super-fast 5G networks that are on the horizon.

“It was originally used as an ingredient in sports products. It is now being integrated into advanced cars and we are currently seeing it being used in electronic products as well. I think it is being developed at a good pace as an ingredient for new materials,” says Nobel Prize winner Kostya Novoselov.

This material is making it possible for solar panels to be more efficient as well and is helping to advance smart electronics. But even man himself can benefit from this material, says scientist Kostya Novoselov.

“I say that the material can be used in the biotechnological field or in membranes. But more time is required for the ideas to materialize”, he says.

He says the electronic circuits with this material are so good and fast that an atom-thin probe can read and measure a patient’s brain activity and can send the data to a doctor or transmit it to phone in case of emergency.

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