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The fundamental laws of graphene
As the name suggests, spin can be loosely understood as the rotation of a fundamental particle of matter around itself. For instance, every electron in any material carries both a charge and a spin, the latter playing a key role in magnetism.
Within the scientific community there is consensus that spin is the ideal property of matter to expand the performance of current charge-based nanoelectronics into a class of faster and more power-efficient components, being the basis for the emerging technology called quantum spintronics. The SPRING project will investigate the fundamental laws for creating and detecting spins in graphene, this is to read and write spins, and using them to transmit information.
The game changer
Graphene and hydrogen, the magnetic team! Graphene has a long list of superior properties which could change industries in the long run. In combination with gases and metals, graphene holds unlimited potential for future inventions.
Researchers can even make graphene magnetic and that is by simply adding single hydrogen atoms. With its impressive adsorption abilities and using scanning tunneling microscopy to detect the effect, magnetism is yet another impressive property of graphene to be added.
Graphene, the super conductor
What is graphene? Graphene is an extremely exciting and delicate material, no thicker than one atom and at the same time astonishing strong. As an excellent conductor of heat and electricity it adds high value to research on improved solutions for batteries, computer chips, solar cells, spintronics-related products, etc.
Mapping Ignorance blog entry about graphene nanoribbons
Graphene nanoribbons (GNRs), are strips of graphene with ultra-thin width (<50 nm). Graphene ribbons, introduced as a theoretical model by Mitsutaka Fujita and coauthors to examine the edge and nanoscale size effect in graphene, have emerged as a promising material for nanoelectronics, as they combine many of the extraordinary properties of graphene with a high tunability of their electronic band structure.
Read more about our latest findings on GNRs in American Chemical Society (ACM) journal, written by César Tomé López on mappingignorance.org.