What is your favorite application of graphene?
For us, that is the use of graphene’s amazing mechanical properties in compounds which make strong materials. These compounds can be used in the construction, aviation, automobile, and textile industry, to name a few. Although none of these have made it big yet, there are some promising options, like Vorbeck’s Vor-X or the XG Sciences xGnP compound.
Our second most favorite application are touchscreens. Samsung has apparently made it pretty far with graphene-based touchscreens, although we’re not sure whether they are actually used in any of the Galaxy mobile devices. The technology needed for it, however, already exists, because all you need is large-area graphene, and it does not really matter if it has cracks or tears, as long as the cracks are smaller than the average finger and the graphene still conducts. We’re pretty sure this technology will soon be as common as mobile phones. Even better, graphene-based screens promise to be flexible at some point, which would be a real hit.
All other applications fall into the category of being our third-most-favorite. These applications include graphene-based electronics, photodetectors, and solar panels. IBM and others are really pushing the limits for these applications, but we think the real comemercial products are a few years away.
What do you think?