Standards key to widespread applications for graphene

Standards key to widespread applications for graphene

Graphene, a super-thin sheet of carbon atoms, could transform the functioning of a wide array of electrotechnical products including flexible displays, solar cells and batteries. Groundbreaking experimentation with graphene was the centerpiece for the 2010 Nobel prize for physics. Due to graphene's ability to conduct electricity with relatively low losses, it could be used, for example, to make conductive flexible plastics for touch screens.

The technology does not yet exist for reliably fabricating large graphene sheets on a mass manufacturing scale, but once it finally does, international standards developed by IEC TC 113 for measuring key control characteristics in the production process will be essential for assessing a graphene sheet's reliability and performance, and active involvement from the US Technical Advisory Group to TC 113 will be vital to ensure U.S. interests are represented during the standards development process.

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