In the world of education, we like to think it can take you a long way. But it sure is taking one of our UCC researchers even farther than we could have imagined. Dr. Brenda Long, a research scientist at UCC’s Tyndall Institute, is exploring the options of alternative materials for the future of electronic technology. According to Dr. Long’s research, graphene, a component of graphite found in humble pencil lead, is showing strong promise to outshine the silicon used in ‘the most important invention in the 20th Century’ – the silicon transistor. This could revolutionize electronics. It just goes to show…one should never understimate the simple things in life!