IAU Pioneers Graphene Studies in the Middle East

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 12:32

A new research examines the growth rate and number of articles and also the universities and centers which support Graphene studies at the highest level.

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According to ANA, Catherine E. Lehman from Kansas University has studied the state of graphene research in 17 Middle Eastern countries, with focus on researchers, research centers, the highest number of academic and research articles and support of Graphene studies.

The other index is the studies growth rate on Graphene in the Middle East and world.

Based on the results of this study, Iran is the most active in Graphene studies with 1160 academic papers while Saudi Arabia and Turkey, respectively, are in second and third place with 412 and 317 papers. Among Iranian universities, the most research papers were produced by scholars from Islamic Azad University and Sharif University of  Technology.

Graphene is made of a single layer of carbon atoms that are bonded together in a repeating pattern of hexagons. It is an allotrope of carbon in the form of a two-dimensional, atomic-scale, hexagonal lattice in which one atom forms each vertex. A graphene sheet is one million times thinner than paper and actually considered two dimensional.

The incredible physical properties of graphene, including extraordinary strength, flexibility transparency, and heat and electrical conductivity are under study, and scientists hope to use it to revolutionize fields as diverse as microelectronics, energy and bioengineering.

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