Graphene did not immediately impress anybody with its potential in the field of spintronics, the use of the spin of electrons to encode information rather than charge. If you laid graphene out flat, it didn’t appear to influence electron spin, that property remained random rather than patterned. But that all changed when scientists saw what happens when you put a small bend in the graphene.
Since then, there’s been a steady stream of research looking at the capabilities of graphene in spintronic applications. The latest, and perhaps most significant development, is news that researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have been able to preserve electron spin for an extended distance using large area graphene.
"We believe that these results will attract a lot of attention in the research community and put graphene on the map for applications in spintronic components," said Saroj Dash, one of the Chalmers researchers, in a press release.