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Graphene manufacture at scale

Engineers have frequently discussed the potential of graphene and other 2D materials, in particular their roles as long-term solutions for extending Moore’s Law. The possibility manufacture graphene and to deploy these materials as near perfect sheets at one atom thick, featuring predictable electrical characteristics, stands to revolutionise the development of semiconductor devices.

Graphene is the most prominent 2D material, but it’s only grown at smaller scales within laboratories for scientific projects. Without developing processes, tools and equipment that will support graphene manufacture for industrial purposes, there’s a risk of missing out on the potential of graphene.

Engineers are recognising the prospects of graphene manufacture, which features alongside other materials on the International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS). That’s why leading manufacturers are interested in finding solutions to manufacture 2D materials, either in-house or via the industry’s ecosystem.

Instead of publishing more research papers on its potential, the industry is now shifting focus on developing the tools and processes necessary for manufacture of high-quality material at an industrial scale.

It is critical that these graphene manufacture processes are compatible with existing semiconductor production methods. That means focusing on high temperature growth techniques for high-quality material, and low/room temperature integration. These processes are crucial to making 2D materials viable for the semiconductor industry to adopt.

Today ANL is collaborating with key manufacturers and supplying engineering volumes of graphene to assist in developing prototype devices. We’ll continue to work closely with them so that growth and integration propositions scale when moving to industrial production.