As the electronics industry strives to maintain its pace of innovation, graphene, (being flexible, strong, thin and highly conductive), has much to offer. Graphene can help to facilitate the next generation of technology from chips and interconnects for data communication to flexible screens for wearable technology. With miniaturisation a major driving factor of the electronics industry, graphene’s thinness coupled with its high room temperature conductivity shows great promise.
In the wireless domain, first prototypes of flexible near-field communication antennas based on graphene have been built, providing a very competitive solution for flexible radio frequency identification tags. Coupling graphene’s ability to be integrated into electronics with its excellent sensing ability means that it can also be used to provide the building blocks for the internet of things.