13th October 2010 - 01:13 AM
Graphene is essentially a monolayer, but to make practical device, you have to deposit on surfaces which will have nm-scale roughness. Such roughness would break the graphene continuity, destroying its conductivity properties. It seems like an obvious dead end.
17th October 2010 - 02:21 PM
Well, depositing it will change its properties. So, while it might be tough to get any specific property out of graphene that are similar to its 'natural' properties, it's still a pretty cool tool to play with.
Essentially, I think it will be used in a mix-n-match way.
the Cdn science podcast Quirks & Quarks recently had a segment on this topic.
24th October 2010 - 01:37 PM
There is a LOT of billing this stuff as 2-dimensional. While I might have practical objections to this idea, I can understand the glee of various researchers.
You know, if it were actually 2-D, then we could make an honest-to-goodness mobius strip of the stuff. That's pretty cool!