An EU project creates potentially revolutionary graphene-based laser

The EU-funded GOSFEL project (Graphene on Silicon Free Electron Laser), demonstrated a new type of compact laser source, which exploits graphene to create a solid-state free electron laser. Compact and low-cost lasers could benefit many indusries, like communications, security, sensors and more.

Free Electron Lasers (FELs) offer an alternative to conventional lasers being potentially the most efficient, high powered and flexible generators of tunable coherent radiation from the ultra-violet to the infrared. However, currently FELs are prohibitively large and expensive. The GOSFEL project used graphene to create a compact, relatively inexpensive, solid-state version of such a laser.

Fuji Pigment announces graphene and carbon QD manufacturing process

Fuji Pigment recently announced the development of a large-scale manufacturing process for carbon and graphene quantum dots (QDs). QDs are usually made of semiconductor materials that are expensive and toxic, especially Cd, Se, and Pb. Fuji Pigment stated that its toxic-metal-free QDs exhibit a high light-emitting quantum efficiency and stability comparable to the toxic metal-based quantum dots.

Quantum yield of the carbon QDs currently exceeds 45%, and the company said it is still pursuing higher quantum efficiency. Quantum yield of the graphene quantum dot is over 80%. QD’s ability to precisely convert and tune a spectrum of light makes them ideal for TV displays, smartphones, tablet displays, LEDs, medical experimental imaging, bioimaging, solar cells, security tags, quantum dot lasers, photonic crystal materials, transistors, thermoelectric materials, various type of sensors and quantum dot computers.

Carbon Sciences enters agreement to fund project for graphene-based Cloud computing components

Carbon Sciences logoCarbon Sciences has been working on developing graphene-based devices for cloud computing. Now, the company announced that it has signed an agreement with the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) to fund the research and development of a new graphene-based optical modulator, a critical fiber optics component needed to enable ultrafast communication in data centers for Cloud computing.

In order for data to be transmitted through a fiber optic cable, light from a laser beam must be modulated. The amount of data that can be encoded and transmitted depends on the speed of the light beam modulation. Since changing the conductivity of graphene also changes its optical properties, light passing through it will also be changed accordingly to encode digital data. This, along with graphene's impressive features are to enable the development of an ultrafast, low cost, and low power, graphene-based optical modulator.

Rice University creates flexible and efficient solid-state microsupercapacitors

Rice University researchers have configured their previous invention of Laser Induced Graphene (LIG) into flexible, solid-state microsupercapacitors that rival current leading ones for energy storage and delivery.

The LIG microsupercapacitors reportedly charge 50 times faster than batteries, discharge more slowly than traditional capacitors and match commercial supercapacitors for both the amount of energy stored and power delivered. The devices are made by burning electrode patterns with a commercial laser into plastic sheets in room-temperature air, eliminating the complex fabrication conditions that have limited the widespread application of microsupercapacitors.

Graphene 3D lab files patent for a 3D printer that can print a graphene-based OLED

Graphene 3D Lab has announced filing a provisional patent for a process of 3D printing an OLED light source that immediately functions when printed, with a graphene coated transparent conductor window. This unique structure is the product of an innovative multi-functional 3D Printer, which can make thin films as well as 3D structures.

The printer patent relates to a technology that should lead the industry in multiple deposition techniques, robotic manipulator, laser and UV curing capabilities. G3L considers the new IP a dramatic leap forward, offering the ability to 3D print with multiple functional materials at the same time, including the ability to 3D print a working light. This printer was reportedly designed to maximize the attributes of the functional materials that the company already developed, and plans to introduce in the future to the market.