By Max Clarke

Semiconductor microchips made from graphene will outperform current silicon chips, paving the way for the next generation of computers.

Electrons, writes Ravi Mandalia, quoting the University of Manchester scientists who developed the material in 2004, move more easily through the one-dimensional lattice in graphene than in silicon.

Graphene, which offers greatly enhanced flexibility and strength than silicon, is a 1 layer thick sheet of carbon, much like a single layer of graphite.

Professor Novoselov, one of the scientists behind the discovery told the Daily Mail: “Although the exciting physics which we have found in this particular experiment may have an immediate implementation in practical electronic devices, the further understanding of the electronic properties of this material will bring us a step closer to the development of graphene electronics.”

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