The scientists have discovered a new kind of 'miracle material' that is 200 times more tough with improved chemical stability, lightness and flexibility. It can also be used in smartphones making them unbreakable even at rough usage.
Currently, smartphone makers use silicon which is costly and breaks easily. From the long time, companies had been on a lookout for a material which is durable and unbreakable.
Researchers, including those from Queen’s University Belfast in the UK, found that by combining semiconducting molecules C60 with layered materials, such as graphene and hBN, they could produce a unique material technology, which could revolutionise the concept of smart devices.
The winning combination works because hBN provides stability, electronic compatibility and isolation charge to graphene while C60 can transform sunlight into electricity.
The new combination provides a brand new mix of unique features that will enable smartphones to stay durable for a long time.
The process has been named van der Waals solids.
“Our findings show that this new ‘miracle material’ has similar physical properties to Silicon but it has improved chemical stability, lightness and flexibility, which could potentially be used in smart devices and would be much less likely to break,” said Elton Santos from Queen’s University.
“The material also could mean that devices use less energy than before because of the device architecture so could have improved battery life and less electric shocks,” said Santos.
Scientists are currently testing the material for its flaws before releasing it for the smartphone makers.