There are material and manufacturing costs, not to mention the hours of labor required to innovate, adapt, and get the job done right.
Yet, that all may be changing soon, though, thanks to a new discovery by a team of researchers at Exeter’s Centre for Graphene Science.
Gadgets.ndtv.com notes that “the discovery could revolutionize the production of optoelectronic materials…which are vital for the next generation of renewable energy, security, and defense technologies.“
This new innovation utilizes microfluidics, a process which controls the movement of small amounts of fluid in order to direct and assist computer communications.
In addition to the use of fluid, the manufacturing process is far less expensive and has the potential to create durable, efficient, and groundbreaking technologies and computer communications beyond many’s wildest dreams.
The report from Exeter University goes a little more in-depth on the process:
“For this research, the fluid contains graphene oxide flakes, that are mixed together in the channels, to construct the chips. While the graphene oxide flakes are two-dimensional- consisting of length and width only- the research team used a new sophisticated light-based system to drive the assembly of the three-dimensional chip structures.”
The study not only proved that utilizing microfluidics is possible, it’s also created a potential blueprint for other manufacturers to utilize going forward.
While it will still be a few years until we see this technology utilized for consumer or business electronics, the potential is certainly exciting.