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Probing Atomic Chicken Wire
February 28, 2011
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Graphene, the material that makes up pencil "lead," could someday make electronic devices smaller, faster and more energy-efficient. A team led by University of Arizona physicists has demonstrated that mounting graphene on boron nitride instead of silicon oxide dramatically improves its electronic properties.Full Story
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