Graphene LED Nears Commercialization

An LED light bulb made with graphene – a super-strong carbon material – will be made commercially available in 2015, according to BBC News.

The traditional-looking light bulb contains a filament-shaped LED that is coated in graphene.

The light bulb was developed by a Canadian-financed company called Graphene Lighting and was designed at Manchester University in the United Kingdom, which recently opened the National Graphene Institute.

Benefits of the grapheme LED include:

  • an ability to conduct electricity and heat more effectively;
  • a price competitive with and possibly lower than regular LEDs;
  • energy efficiency;
  • dimming capability;
  • competitively low manufacturing costs.

Graphene was first discovered in 2004 by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, two Russian-born scientists at the University of Manchester, who earned the Nobel Prize for Physics for their discovery.

BBC News reports that more than 35 companies worldwide have already partnered with Manchester University to develop graphene projects.

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