Graphene films make excellent cooling devices for electronics, and so they will definitely be part of the technology of tomorrow.
As science and technology evolve further and further, we are blessed with more and more powerful gadgets and innovative devices. It seems that these new generation gizmos can do more and more things, but they are also getting smaller and smaller every year.
Therefore, the issue of the pieces heating up inside is quite an intricate matter that scientists have been trying to fix for many years now. Well, it seems that the solution just might be graphene films, that take up virtually no space, as they are a one layer atom matrix, and provide the pieces with the ability of maintaining a cool temperature.
The revolutionary discovery has been made by a team of Swedish scientists from Chalmers University of Technology. They have essentially figured out a way of adding a several layers of graphene on the pieces. Until recently, scientists have found that there were significant issues regarding the adherence level of the graphene film to the pieces.
“We have now solved this problem by managing to create strong covalent bonds between the graphene film and the surface, which is an electronic component made of silicon,” proudly said the leader of the Swedish team, researcher Johan Liu in a press release.
The scientists have tried out a wide variety of substances, which they have utilized in various ways, all in the hope of finding an efficient adherence technique. Ultimately, the winner was (3-Aminopropyl)triethoxysilane, commonly known as APTES.
The entire process included complex heating and hydrolysis phases of the chemical and the graphene, but at the end the adherence level was satisfactory, thus enabling scientists to employ it in the development of new and improved gadget pieces that will be able to handle a much higher level of usage and heating because they are kept cool all along the way by the graphene films.
The entire study that includes the detailed process that has led to this revolutionary discovery was published in the scientific journal Advanced Materials.
The Chalmers University research team might have paved the way for the production of smaller and more effective devices, that will essentially be the technology of tomorrow.
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