11 September 2012 Researchers grow semiconductors on graphene Researchers grow semiconductors on graphene Researchers in Norway have been able to grow semiconductor nanowires on atomically thin sheets of graphene - a breakthrough which they claim could fundamentally change the semiconductor industry by introducing graphene as a preferred substrate for many applications. According to Helge Weman, a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the new patented hybrid material offers excellent optoelectronic properties and combines low cost, transparency, conductivity and flexibility. "We do not see this as a new product," he noted. "This is a template for a new production method for semiconductor devices. We expect solar cells and leds to be first in line when future applications are planned." Prof Wemen claims the electrode fits perfectly with the production machinery already in existence and believes the device could be an enabler for everything from advanced 3D integrated circuits built on graphene to flexible, self-powered consumer electronics. "Semiconductors grown on graphene could become the basis for new types of device systems, and could transform the semiconductor industry by introducing graphene as a preferred substrate for many applications," he concluded. More details about the hybrid graphene material can be found in the video below. Author Laura Hopperton Comment on this article Websites https://www.ntnu.edu/ This material is protected by MA Business copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. What you think about this article: Add your comments Name Email Comments Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published. Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.