The scientist teams, from Queen’s University’s School of Mathematics and Physics, Stanford University, University of California, California State University and the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan, have created a material that combines semiconducting molecules C60 with layered materials, like graphene and hBN.
The new miracle material can convert sunlight into electricity and is stable at room temperature.
Dr. Elton Santos from Queen’s University’s School of Mathematics and Physics said the newly discovered material has properties similar to silicon but with enhanced stability, light weight and flexible nature. “Our findings show that this new ‘miracle material’ has similar physical properties to Silicon but it has improved chemical stability, lightness and flexibility, which could potentially be used in smart devices and would be much less likely to break,” he said. Santos added, “The material also could mean that devices use less energy than before because of the device architecture so could have improved battery life and less electric shocks.”
The newly discovered miracle material will be able to make stronger screens in smartphones. These phones will also be energy efficient because they will be enabled to charge themselves through solar energy from sunlight.
However, the material has some shortcomings like it has a missing a band gap which allows the on-off switching of electronic devices. The researchers have found solutions to the minor issues. Scientists will use the ‘miracle material’ to make crack-proof, energy efficient smartphones. With this material, people will not have to worry about spending too much money on their cracked iPhone and Samsung smartphone screens.