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Graphene Circuits a Possibility in Inkjet Printers

A Cambridge University researcher has claimed the possibilities of utilising graphene in printed circuits recently got a "significant boost" with a new method of production.

The existence of printed circuit is not very recent, however, the main problem of producing cheap thin film electronics that could lead to flexible as well as transparent electronics is the slow processing power.

If compared to traditional chips, these printed chips were miles away from production of computation speeds to which consumers have grown accustomed to over the years.

New developments by experts of graphene Andrea Ferrari and Ferrari's colleagues at Cambridge University has successfully showed that the unique and "revolutionary properties of graphene could mean that printed circuitry could soon be viable," as reported (opens in new tab) by Tech Eye.

Until now, the problem was that it was very difficult to incorporate graphene with the droplets needed to function with an inkjet printer.

The research team said this new discovery will make way for, "all-printed, flexible and transparent graphene devices on arbitrary substrates."

Even though this is the early stage of research, the technology seems promising. Professor Andrea Ferrari said,"This is a first demonstration, but already at this stage, at the first attempt, our mobility is much bigger than the biggest reported to date for printed semiconductor electronics."