Research group members, Harold Chong, Ph.D. from Southampton and Marek Schmidt, Ph.D. and Jian Sun, Ph.D., of JAIST, have also developed graphene-based switches (published in the March issue of Nanoscale, the journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry) using a thin film developed at the University of Southampton.
The switches, which require low voltages (below three volts), can be used to power electronic components on demand, greatly improving the battery lifetime of personal electronic devices. Professor Mizuta and the research group are now aiming to bring the two technologies together to create ultra-low-power environmental sensor systems that can detect single molecules.
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