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November 2015
The Graphene Council News


The Search for “The Killer App” for Graphene Misses the Point


This quarter’s newsletter is broken into four main themes: new 2D materials, new properties of 2D materials, new methods for manufacturing 2D materials and finally new devices made from 2D materials. 


In our Q&A for this quarter we will speak to Philip Feng, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), whose team has demonstrated some of the first black phosphorus mechanical and electronic devices.


An Interview with Philip Feng, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU)


In a little over 18 months, black phosphorus (sometimes referred to as phosphorene) has gone from relative obscurity to taking much of the limelight away from graphene as the next big thing in two-dimensional materials. 


The Catalogue of Two-Dimensional Materials Grows


The simple arithmetic of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) has promised that the world of 2D materials will continue to multiply. TMDs are combinations of one of 15 transition metals such as molybdenum or tungsten, with one of the three members of the chalcogen family, which includes sulfur, selenium and tellurium.  


Building Devices Remains the Name of the Game in 2D Material Research 


Graphene and 2D materials only matter if you can make something useful from them.  While the properties of graphene and other 2D materials and the methods for producing them continue to expand, the real aim is make devices that perform better than those we have today.


Improved Manufacturing Processes for 2D Materials Continue to Advance


Gaining greater control on both the quality and quantity of graphene production should support its commercialization. Over the last three months, we have some significant research in achieving these two goals of scalability and the preservation of the properties of 2D materials in the 3D world.



The Remarkable Properties of Graphene Continue to Expand


Manufacturing techniques improve but we’re still finding out what graphene is capable of doing. While a fair amount of graphene research is now centered around improving manufacturing techniques, an equal amount of research is dedicated to just finding out all of its properties.  



Currently, graphene standards are being developed by a number of organizations that includes ISO, ANSI and The Graphene Flagship. How is this process going and why are standards so important for the emerging graphene commercial market?