Samsung finds a way to commercialize graphene, oiling the works for truly flexible devices

Samsung finds a way to commercialize graphene, oiling the works for truly flexible devices
Samsung today announced that it has developed a "breakthrough synthesis method" that speeds up the mass-production and further commercialization of graphene, which is considered to be one of the most promising nanomaterials that could revolutionize the electronics industry. 

It appears that Samsung has been collaborating with the Sungkyunkwan University on this new manufacturing method, which enables the production of large and thin sheets of graphene. Yes, similar methods existed before, but it is said that unlike them, this one does not lessen the mechanical properties of the nanomaterial.


But what makes graphene so valuable to the electronics industry? It is a very thin, one-atom thick hexagonal grid of graphite atoms. Graphene is not only 100 times more durable than steel with the same thickness, it's also a zero-gap semiconductor, superior to the widely-used silicon. Under normal conditions, graphene is almost invisible, very light and whoppingly strong at the same time – the scientists that first isolated it back in 2004 state that a square meter of the nanomaterial tips the scales at just 1mg, but it would easily support a 4kg weight without breaking.

The possibilities before the nanomaterial are endless and Samsung suggests that one of the potential uses of graphene is in “flexible displays, wearables, and other next generation electronic devices”. Samsung's involvement with graphene might indeed speed up its commercialization and wider adoption. Hopefully, graphene will pave the way for truly flexible and even more curious electronic devices.

source: Samsung, Wikipedia via Engadget

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24 Comments

1. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

whooooaaa

10. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

whooooaaaaaaa!! I can't wait to see Samsung to use this on SGS6. That will be the day for me finally getting a Samsung phone :D I'm like a smartphone slut haha Phone History Blackberry Storm 2 -> Motorola Atrix 4G -> HTC One X -> LG Nexus 4 -> Sony Xperia Z2 Samsung you are next and please make be happy :D

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

This means much better processors.

15. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

There is there Exynos 5422 and 5450 awaiting to be used, but pathetic Oems are not providing good batteries and not using heat sinks or materials to compensate heat due to costing them extra 20 to 30 Euros more.

3. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

in before Apple gets granted the patent for flexible devices made of graphene.

18. express77 unregistered

funny but sadly true.

4. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

nice move.. great technology samsung

5. Diego!

Posts: 859; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Now this is innovation!!! Apple patenting graphene for constructing new iPhones in 3, 2, 1...

11. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

You would be surprised what Apple is working on behind closed doors. They are just a secretive company and don't show off prototypes and such on stage. Other companies do, but it gives you the impression that the product is ready for mass production and it's not.

24. applesucker

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

yeah im surprised because at the end all technologies they made came from others (copied)

12. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

If I am not wrong apple already holds a patent for graphene... apple is clever, they play smart. They keep eye on what is going on in new researches and take patent before even anything has done... moreover, they have their home office, USPTO, which grant them patent for anything thinkable

16. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Apple pays USPTO such amount of money that no other company can afford to pay what Apple bribes. When you have billions in offshore, you can patent and bribe anyone, even Obama ,,,,, Pathetic patent trolls

6. wilsong17 unregistered

The next big thing +1

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Brace your self!!!! Truly flexible devices are coming!!!

17. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Yea more like cheap plastic coming,,, to be honest if it was class quality like Sapphire then we are talking just like Apple believing in prestige and not cheap junk plastic.

21. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

What happened to you guys???? From when plastic is considered as cheap....plastic is in your daily life....without plastic we will be in 1950's now.... pls stop this plastic crap thing.... Plastic is superior to aluminium... It is durable, bendable, doesn't scratch or dent easily.....over all light and thin.... come out of apple world....

22. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Plastic on expensive items is dirt junk cheap. Plastic table, then wood, then glass and oak. No one wants plastic on a high end devices It shows how cheap thinking of them and to rinse more money from us consumers.

8. papss unregistered

First I have to say SS fans are obsessed with Apple... Great job SS.. this is truly groundbreaking and I can't wait to see what they come up with. Them being a semiconductor mfg this will help tremendously

9. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

WOW!!

13. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

yay! new tech! and they didnt copy it!

14. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Thank you samsung! you are really revolutionizing the industry

19. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

REAL INNOVATION! Just like always Samsung!~ :D

20. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Samsung is always on the cutting edge of everything which made it a real disappointment that they couldn't make the GS5 smaller than the S4 while adding that QHD screen and keeping everything powerful about the GS5. If anyone could have pulled it off, it was them. Sony and HTC definitely didn't have a snowballs chance in hell of doing that.

23. talon95

Posts: 985; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Sweet. Now we're talking breakthrough innovation. Graphene cases that are durable, processors that are faster, batteries that charge in minutes and last longer, and all in a flexible wearable device. This is finally the kind of R&D that deserves a patent. I hope they license it so that there is more than one manufacturer option (but I'll forgive them if they leave Apple out in the cold). Any company that thinks a few software features are worth $40 doesn't deserve to exist. By those standards licensing graphene is worth $1000 per device.

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