Graphene Nanoelectronics (3 of 3) (image) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Caption A representation of conduction channels on a graphene nanoribbon interfaced with gold contacts. When graphene is synthesized, it generally results in a mix of metallic and semiconductor materials. But a discovery at Rensselaer gives researchers a blueprint that should allow them to purposefully make entire batches of either one or the other. This is an important first step for developing a way to mass produce metallic graphene, which could one day replace copper as the primary interconnect material on nearly all computer chips. Credit Photo Credit: Rensselaer/Philip Shemella Usage Restrictions Please include credit line Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.