Graphene-Based Nano-Antenna Research Could Prove to Power “Tiny Machines”

Graphene-Based Nano-Antenna Research Could Prove to Power "Tiny Machines"(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Nanometer-scale machines have been offering potential application in medicine, industry, and environmental protection and defense, but the limited capabilities of nanoscale antennas that are fabricated from traditional metallic components pose a problem, claims a report from ScienceDaily.

By using the properties of graphene, instead of the traditional materials such as copper, researchers can connect devices that are powered by small amounts of scavenged energy.

“We are exploiting the peculiar propagation of electrons in graphene to make a very small antenna that can radiate at much lower frequencies than classical metallic antennas of the same size. “We believe that this is just the beginning of a new networking and communications paradigm based on the use of graphene,” stated Ian Akyildiz, a Ken Byers Chair professor in Telecommunications in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and is scheduled to be reported in the IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications.