Having worn corrective lenses since I was eight years old due to nearsightedness, I am well-accustomed to not being able to see things with the naked eye. I learned at a young age: There are times when you have to take it on faith that the things you can’t see really are there, performing as needed. Perhaps that’s part of why I’ve long been excited by nanotechnologies.
So, I read with interest about research at Purdue University, West LaFayette, Ind., into a new process for coating copper nanowires with graphene to lower the wires’ resistance and heating. Should further research bear out the findings, the team may have found a way to create nanowires to effectively dissipate heat in electronics such as computer chips and flexible displays.