01 May '12, 3pm

Electronic Clothing and More Efficient Solar Panels Possible with New Graphene Material

Electronic Clothing and More Efficient Solar Panels Possible with New Graphene Material

Argonne National Laboratory /CC BY-SA 2.0 T-shirts containing computers, interactive mirrors and windows, and more efficient solar panels: these are all things that could be coming soon thanks to a newly developed graphene-based material that is the most transparent, lightweight and flexible material ever made for conducting electricity. A team of scientists at the Centre for Graphene Science at the University of Exeter invented the new material that they're calling GraphExeter to replace indium tin oxide (ITO) in electronics. ITO is great at conducting electricity but indium is not only expensive, but becoming increasingly rare . It's predicted that indium supplies will run out by 2017, meaning it's time we found another option. The team at Exeter not only found a good replacement, they found a better one. Graphene has become the miracle material of late. Researchers have...

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