Graphene – Unexpected Science in a Pencil Trace

Graphene is a two-dimensional material just 1 atom thick. It is the thinnest material in the world and yet is also one of the strongest. It conducts electricity as efficiently as copper and outperforms all other materials as a conductor of heat. Because of its unusual properties and potential applications, it is said that graphene is going to revolutionise the 21st century.

Graphene was made in Manchester for the very first time in 2004, by Prof. Andre Geim and Prof. Kostya Novoselov. They were of course awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010, and Knighthoods in the 2012 New Year’s Honours. So what is it about graphene that won them the Nobel prize, and has generated worldwide excitement and investment into research?

Aravind Vijayaraghavan will briefly tell us about the history of graphene, explain what graphene looks like with some models and describe some of the properties and applications of graphene.

Aravind Vijayaraghavan is Lecturer at the University of Manchester, where his primary research interests are graphene, carbon nanotubes, molecular electronics and nano-bio-technology. He also coordinates the outreach activities of the National Graphene Institute.

Read the story of graphene here

Event starts 6.30 pm at The Vale Inn, Adlington Road, Bollington. Arrive early to get a seat. As always, anyone from Junior School age onwards is very welcome. Anyone with an interest in science is very welcome.

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