Researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland say that they have made the first ever direct measurements of the strength of the tiny van der Waals forces passing between individual atoms. Though weak compared with covalent bonds, van der Waals forces are fundamental for the function of biological systems and define the properties of many organic compounds.
Researchers from Manchester University have shown that they can create elementary magnetic moments in graphene and then switch them on and off. This is the first time, with any material, that magnetization was swtiched on and off, instead of on and then reversed – which makes the prospects even more intriguing
#Graphene device makes ultrafast light to energy conversion possible | In this vein, researchers from the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona have demonstrated a graphene-based photodetector they claim converts light into electricity in less than 50 quadrillionths of a second.