Here’s the Totally Amazing Wonder Material That Could Revolutionize Technology

May 13, 2014

​Fenwick patent attorney Paul Smith spoke with Fortune about the hurdles that must be surmounted before graphene — a newer material praised by researchers for its exceptional strength, conductivity and flexibility — can be used as a replacement for silicon in semiconductors.

"Many of the challenges presented by graphene are common to most new materials," Smith told Fortune. "The trick is figuring out how to synthesize graphene in a way that first is manufacturable beyond lab scale; second, preserves the desirable properties of the material; and third, can be integrated into a product or technology."