Samsung has been working a new technology that can change smartphone builds completely. If Apple has been working on a sapphire display for a more cutting edge user experience, Samsung has been focusing on the production of an ultra tough display for its upcoming handset. According to recent information, Samsung has been developing a graphene technology that can create an ultra-durable Samsung Galaxy S6 and similar devices.
According to a report by the Asian Scientist, Samsung Electronics has found a way to speed up synthesis of graphene for mass production and commercial use. The method allows Samsung to create graphene materials appropriate for electronic devices.
The Journal Science published the discovery along with the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) including the Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea. According to the publication:
"This is one of the most significant breakthroughs in graphene research in history...We expect this discovery to accelerate the commercialization of graphene, which could unlock the next era of consumer electronic technology."
Graphene offers better electronic mobility compared to silicon. Silicon is the most popular material used in semiconductors presently. Graphene has 100 times better conducting ability than it. The material is highly flexible with high heat conductibility features. It is also stronger than steel. These traits make the graphene material ideal for wearable devices and other similar next generation electronic products.
According to Asian Scientist, engineers across the globe have been investing on developing a method to commercialize graphene. However, commercialization remained a challenge. Previous synthesis methods include multi-crystal synthesis. This refers to a processing of creating small graphene particles to develop large-area graphene. The problem with this method is that the process deteriorated the mechanical and electric properties of graphene. This inhibits application of the material to large scale production.
Samsung's method includes synthesizing large-area graphene to one layer of crystal. The single crystal layer comes with a semiconductor retaining the mechanical and electric properties of the material.