Graphene and its compounds are increasingly used to make transistors that show extremely good performance – a progress that comes with new cheaper production processes for the raw material. The former candidate for producing transistors, the Carbon nanotubes (CNTs), have not yet met commercial expectations from a decade ago. Graphene is the remarkable form of carbon that’s only one atom thick. According to IDTechEx, the biggest opportunity for both materials is in printed and potentially printed electronics.Flexible, see-through displays may be the one application that finally puts graphene into the commercial spotlight.
Combined with other flexible, transparent electronic components being developed at Rice University and elsewhere, the breakthrough could lead to computers and solar cells that wrap around just about anything. IDTechEx predicts a market volume of over $25 billion in 2021 for OLED displays and PV alone, some of which will use graphene.