The power that makes graphene possible is not in its inherent properties, but in its ability to carry out a number of important physical tasks.
It is in the ability to conduct electricity.
But it’s also in the way the material can bend light, create a variety of light-emitting diodes, and transform light signals.
So far, that ability has been restricted to certain applications, such as energy-harvesting solar cells.
But that’s about to change.
New research from researchers at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom shows that graphene could be used to build devices that are even more efficient than existing solar cells, which can harvest electricity from the sun.
The new research builds on the work of others to show that graphene can be used as an electrical insulator.
“It’s an amazing device, with all these remarkable properties,” said senior author Dr. Ralf-Christian Heit, a research scientist at the university.
The team, led by researchers at Durham University, set out to create a device that could be made using graphene, and that could work in an ideal state.
They developed a device using graphene that could absorb and store electricity as light, and could convert light into electricity.
The graphene was then layered on a substrate that could carry electrical signals.
In a test of the device, the researchers measured how much electricity was generated and stored.
The researchers also measured how long the device lasted, and how well it could handle an electric current of up to 20 milliamps per square meter.
This type of device could be built using standard methods and techniques, said co-author Dr. Jonathan Hargreaves, who is also a member of the research team.
“The material is extremely stable, and can handle very high currents, and we’ve seen it actually survive very long periods of charging and discharging,” Hargregans said.
“There are some limitations to the way that graphene behaves when it’s in contact with water, but these are all really small.”
The researchers found that the graphene device could handle up to 10,000 volts of power, and lasted up to 15 minutes.
It was able to conduct the current without any external interference.
It could also store up to 2,000 milliamp-hours of power.
That’s more than enough to power about two laptops.
Hargreyes said the device could also be used in a battery, where it could store energy in the form of electric charge.
This is where graphene could make a big difference in electronics.
“When it comes to power, graphene is an amazing material that has the potential to transform the world,” Hintes said.
He added that it could even be used for batteries.
“Graphene has the unique property that it can be made from many different materials and is a great conductor of electricity,” Hinkes said, adding that this technology could be applied to batteries, solar cells and other applications.
The research was published today in Nature Communications.