The University at Buffalo has received an $800,000 grant from the Navy to work on graphene-based next-generation power technology. The Office of Naval Research grant will fund UB engineers' work on the development of nanoribbons of graphene. Buffalo University says the project comes as the Navy seeks alternatives to conventional power control systems.

The Buffalo scientists will strive to desogn complex simulations that examine how graphene nanoribbons can be used as a power switch, explore how adding hydrogen and other elements (a process known as “doping”) to graphene nanoribbons could improve their performance, and investigate graphene nanoribbons’ failure limit under high power loads and try to find ways to improve it. All of this should be done in the course of the next four years.