A Japanese company has made a film made of graphene using the company’s own process, which could one day make films that look like this.
The new film was created using a process that can be replicated at the nanoscale, the tiny scale where material is produced and where graphene can be made.
The new film is a unique hybrid of organic and inorganic materials and is being created in Japan by the Japanese chemical engineering company Mitsubishi Chemical Fiber Co, the company said.
In a study published in the journal Science on Monday, Mitsubishis group said it was able to produce a film that was made up of three layers of graphene and a single layer of polystyrene that was a composite of the three layers.
It is the first time that a film like this has been made by a team at a Japanese company, according to researchers from the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, an organisation in Japan.
“The process is a very complex one, so we have to think about its safety,” Yoshihiro Fujimoto, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Tokyo, told Reuters news agency.
“But we can’t say it is 100 per cent safe, but we can say it has very good safety.”
The film’s structure is a mixture of carbon nanotubes and graphite, which is made up mostly of carbon dioxide.
Graphene, which can be up to three times stronger than steel, is a material used to make things from semiconductors to organic materials.
It can be used in computers, batteries, batteries cells and batteries for solar panels and solar cells.
Its strength is also used in the manufacture of electronic devices, from laptops to smartphones.
The process to make the film is not entirely new, but it has only been made using the latest methods, the researchers said.
The film can also be made using an inorganic material like a magnesium oxide, which would not be as effective as graphene in terms of strength, the group said.
“Our method can be applied to any material,” Fujimoto told Reuters.
“If you use an in-situ process, you need a very precise process, like a vacuum chamber or a chamber where you have to use an exact mixture of materials to get the same effect.”
The new method is very effective, said the scientists.
“You can make films like this with only a few steps, and that is a big advantage,” said Fujimoto.
“We can make graphene films that are about one million times thinner than graphene sheets, and even one million atoms thick.”
I think that is very exciting.
“The researchers hope to have their film ready for production by the end of the year, the Japan Times reported.
The company has been working on graphene films since 2013, when it showed that they could be made with inorganic polymers, called polystyrenes.
The technology was then used to create a graphene-based film that had a density of about 0.15 nanometres per cubic centimetre, or about 0,000th the density of a single atom of carbon, said Fujikawa.
This is not the first such film produced using a technique based on graphene.
In 2014, researchers from Tokyo University made a graphene composite that had the density 10,000 times higher than graphene.
The scientists said their work could lead to the manufacture and commercialisation of graphene films using inorganic composites, including graphene.