Modern electronics is based mainly on silicon, the importance of which in the technological development of mankind cannot be overrated. But to take a significant step forward, we need new materials, ones that are resistant to overheating of electronics, a physicist from Adam Mickiewicz University says in an interview with PAP.
Hydrogen powered cars would be cheaper if science could find a substitute for platinum, currently necessary as a catalyst for reactions taking place in fuel cells. The most promising in this role are carbon catalysts inspired by natural proteins, a team of chemists have demonstrated.
Based on the example of graphene, it is generally assumed that the less atomic layers, the harder and stronger the material is. Researchers from Poland and Spain have proven that this is not the rule, and some nanomaterials become softer when their thickness is reduced. This is an advantage when designing flexible electronics, they say.