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Breakthrough in Graphene Production Could Trigger Revolution in Artificial Skin Development

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A new technique for producing graphene could pave the way for flexible electronic skin for robots.

Researchers at the University of Exeter have discovered an innovative method for producing graphene significantly cheaper, and more easily, than previously possible.


University of Exeter researchers say they have discovered a new way to produce graphene that is significantly less expensive, and easier, than previous methods.

The researchers used their new technique to create the first transparent and flexible touch sensor that could be applied to artificial skin or in robot manufacturing.

Exeter professor Monica Craciun believes the discovery could lead to a graphene-driven industrial revolution.

The technique involves growing graphene in an industrial cold wall CVD system, called nanoCVD, which is based on a concept already used for other manufacturing processes in the semiconductor industry. The researchers say their method grows graphene 100 times faster than conventional methods, reduces costs by 99 percent, and has enhanced electronic quality.

"The extremely cost-efficient procedure that we have developed for preparing graphene is of vital importance for the quick industrial exploitation of graphene," says former Exeter professor Thomas Bointon.

Exeter professor Saverio Russo notes, "this breakthrough will nurture the birth of new generations of flexible electronics and offers exciting new opportunities for the realization of graphene-based disruptive technologies."

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