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Harvard finds material to challenge silicon

A transistor made by the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) achieves a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude using a quantum material – a correlated oxide…

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BASF invests in Welsh flexible display materials firm

BASF Venture Capital has invested €1m in SmartKem, the Wales-based developer of organic semiconductor inks. SmartKem’s inks are used in printed thin film transistors (TFTs), which are used as the driver transistors in flexible OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) displays. The two companies will work together in the…

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UK team says graphene could replace silicon in ICs

Scientists at a Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory say research they have completed shows that bilayer graphene could replace silicon transistors in electronic circuits. Graphene is pure carbon in the form of a very thin, almost transparent sheet, one atom thick.  It is…

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Sheffield University spray paints solar cells

A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electricity…

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Cambridge team make superconductor 'golf ball'

Research led by University of Cambridge engineers claim to have made a breakthrough in superconductor science by harnessing the equivalent of three tonnes of force inside a golf ball-sized sample of material that is normally as brittle as fine china. The research team said what is significant about this…

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Cambridge team identifies high-temperature superconductors

Researchers from the University of Cambridge say they have made a big step in developing new high-temperature superconducting materials which could be used in lossless electrical grids, next-generation supercomputers and levitating trains. The researchers have found that ripples of electrons, known as charge density waves or charge order…

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Researchers use graphene for 'super' audio headphones

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have found an intriguing application for graphene, headphone loudspeakers. It is the low density and high mechanical strength of the new semiconductor material which makes it attractive for wide-frequency-response electrostatic audio speaker design. “Low mass ensures good high frequency response…

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