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The Graphene Council Newsletter - April 2014
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APRIL 2014


The Graphene Council News - First Edition

Welcome to the maiden edition of the Graphene Council's quarterly newsletter. 
 
I trust that our first edition, and all subsequent editions, will serve to establish our credibility in providing information, context and analysis in how graphene and the full range of two-dimensional materials are impacting a wide variety of applications now and into the future.
 
We will be bringing you original interviews and analysis from the global graphene community. 

Meet the Editor . . .



Prof. Richard Jones, Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation at Sheffield University talks about graphene commercialization
 
The prospects for graphene commercialization appear to be in a state of confusion, how bad is it and what can be done?
 
We've been witnessing over the last year a clamoring among the investment community for a need to know the commercialization avenues of graphene--a material that for the past ten years has been primarily hidden away in research labs or occasionally pasted up on some website as the "Wonder Material."
 
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Graphene Makes a Comeback in Electronics

With other 2-D materials having an intrinsic band gap, graphene was losing ground in electronic applications until this year.

Two significant achievements in the application of graphene to digital electronics have marked the first quarter of 2014. In one, we have been given the most advanced realization of engineering a band gap into graphene, and in the other we have seen an avenue for realizing the use of graphene in electronics without engineering a band gap into it. 

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Graphene Investment Opportunities: Buyers Beware

You could feel it building last summer. The investment community had seen and heard a regular barrage of headlines over the years touting graphene and they were bursting at the seams to find out how investors could make some money from the so-called "Wonder Material." 

It hardly mattered that of the nearly forty "graphene companies" that existed at the time last year, none were publicly traded companies. Despite this, venerable stock-pick magazines like Forbes started running pieces on how to make graphene investments through the stock market ("Graphene Stock Investing: What The Pros Think").  

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Graphene Continues Making Progress in Membrane Applications

It is believed that membranes may be one of the first significant commercial markets for graphene. Industries such as gas separation and water desalination could find use of graphene as a media for various membranes. 

Back in 2011, researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder, discovered that graphene possesses unexpected adhesion qualities that meant if you had layers of graphene they would stay attached to one another, making a membrane media that could be potentially useful for gas separation technologies..

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Graphene Applications in Photovoltaics Expand

Almost from the moment graphene was first produced, there has been a hunt for the weak link among technologies that don’t perform as well as the market demands. One of these weak links has been indium tin oxide (ITO), which is used in displays and photovoltaics. 

ITO has great electrical conductivity and optical transparency, which are both qualities that graphene possesses. But ITO has a weakness too; the indium used to make it is scarce and getting costlier because of that supply pinch.

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Photonics: Transmitting Data With 2-D Materials and Light

While much has been made that graphene has new competition from the emergence of other two-dimensional materials, such as molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and boron nitride, it is probably more likely the case that all the 2D materials will play some complimentary role with each other.

This makes sense given their fundamental properties: graphene is a conductor; MoS2 is a semiconductor; and boron nitride is an insulator.

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Graphene Enables Spectroscopy to Study Biological Samples 
 
Some of the best tools we have for seeing matter down on the molecular scale, where a lot of the interesting things happen, have been electron microscopy and spectroscopy.  

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