Researchers from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered new graphene based materials that can be customized to produce specific band gap and magnetic properties (i.e. have tunable functionality in electronics). The materials may be used to enable new nanoelectronics, optics, and spintronics devices.

The researchers found out that graphitic nanoribbons can be segmented into several different surface structures called nanowiggles. Each of these structures produces highly different magnetic and conductive properties. This means that you can basically create a new graphene nanostructure that is customized for a specific task or device.

via the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute