The avenues of development for the material include help in sequencing DNA and the possible creation of an extraordinary energy storage medium. But how can you make a computer out of the stuff? Just add water.
Scientists have already used graphene to create a new type of memory, greater than standard "by a factor of five."
But what about transistors, the brains of the machine? Some work had been done by the original developers on creating transistors from the material. But the process, carving channels through the material, is not conducive to practical application.
Rensselaer Polytechnic have made a major advance, one that puts graphene-based computing in reach, if not imminent.Now, a group at
Professor Nikhil Koratkar and his crew have published their finding in the sexiest titled paper since, "The Flu's Proton Escort": "Tunable Bandgap in Graphene by the Controlled Adsorption of Water Molecules." (Ah-wicka-wow-wow.)
The What Now?
How does a graphene/water transistor work? Take a wafer of graphene and slap it onto one of silicon and silicon dioxide, then send water into the tiny space between the two; the water backs away from the silicon toward the graphene, de-conducting the water, and breaking the connection.
The So What
New Transistors Are Key to the Future of Big Data
Read all about it in ReadWriteWeb's latest free research report, The Age of Exabytes: Tools & Approaches for Managing Big Data