Thinking ‘graphene’ in Manchester

SASIE always aims to be at the cutting edge of sustainable energy. We spend many happy hours scheming new concepts and systems. So, when we heard about the exciting work that the University of Manchester is doing on graphene, SASIE’s creative thinking went into overdrive.

Graphene is an amazing material. It is a single layer of carbon atoms contained in a chicken wire type structure. The thinnest known material on the planet, graphene is also one of the strongest. It is transparent, conducts electricity as well as copper and also conducts heat very effectively. As a 2-d material, it can be layered with many other elements and compounds to provide a wide range of different properties. Graphene was first isolated at the University of Manchester by Dr Andre Gein and Professor Kostya Novoselov, achieving a Nobel Prize for their efforts. Now a new generation of clever people continue to develop a vast range of applications.

We went to see two exceptionally bright people, Fred and Ania, at the University’s amazing Christie Bistro, in itself an innovation being an old library transformed into a trendy bistro. Surrounded by leather-bound volumes of knowledge and marble busts of learned men, the SASIE team heard from Fred about the incredible possibilities of graphene and were completely stunned by the potential. We will be working closely with them over the coming months to create some amazing new products that could revolutionise the way we generate energy sustainably. Watch this space!

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