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Skoltech nanohybrid may revolutionize touch screens globally

12 Apr '16
Scientists at the Nanomaterials Lab in Skolkovo have developed a new hybrid nanomaterial which may replace costly transparent conductors in the touch screens of the future. The key driver behind the innovation is Skoltech, the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology established on the premises of the Skolkovo innovation hub just outside Moscow.

A group of Skoltech postgraduates, including Alexandra Gorkina, Evgeniya Gilstein and Alexei Tsapenko, has come up with a method of synthesizing hybrid nanomaterials using single-layer carbon nanotubes and graphene, the new and very promising atom-thick material discovered back in 2010 by two Russian researchers in England. The Skoltech scientists have provided a full description of the results achieved, and published a report on their project in Carbon, an authoritative scientific journal dedicated to studying carbon materials.

The new nanohybrid synthesis technique is simple and inexpensive, the developers said. Experiments are said to have shown that the hybrids of the nanotubes and graphene demonstrate superb optoelectrical properties, with sheet resistance as low as 73 Ohm/square at 90% transmittance. These characteristics of the nanohybrid material are believed to outshine those described in prior research elsewhere.
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