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Graphene: super material

Thursday 3rd April 2014 @ 19:00

Non-Member: £12.00 ; Staff: £5.00 ; Student: £3.00


Professor Neil Alford, Head of Department of Materials, Vice-Dean Faculty of Engineering

Graphene has unmatched electronic and physical properties. Hear how Prof. Alford and his team at Imperial are meeting the challenge of commercialising one of the thinnest, lightest, strongest and most conductive materials to have been discovered.

Note this event is on Thursday 3 April, not as indicated in the printed programme.

Graphene fits the description "super-material" perfectly. It is an atom-thick sheet of carbon molecules, arranged in a honeycomb lattice. It has unmatched electronic and physical properties – it can conduct electricity a million times better than copper and is more transparent to visible light than any other known conductor. It is also stronger and more stretchable than other conductors.

Its many uses are still being discovered. Applications range from telecommunications to electronics, from energy technology to creating ultra-lightweight sports cars from revolutionising the aeronautics industry to helping to usher in a new era of high speed computing.

Professor Neil Alford is Head of the Department of Materials and Vice-Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Engineering. In 2013 he was awarded the MBE for services to Engineering.

Technology transfer is a key component of the work undertaken by Prof. Alford's group and collaborations with industry are encouraged and actively pursued. His current research is targeted towards Energy Materials, linked to the nanotechnology effort at Imperial College London.

Nanotechnology in The Department of Materials

Nanotechnology is concerned with design and construction of materials and devices with molecular and atomic precision, at dimensions ranging nanometres to micrometres. Its influence extends from fields as diverse as nano-electronics and bioengineering to molecular recognition and self-assembly of nanostructures and devices. Underpinning these exciting applications nanoscience targets fundamental understanding of the scale dependent properties of complex systems.

Nanoscience and nanotechnology are highly interdisciplinary drawing on the skills and knowledge in traditional disciplines such physics, chemistry, biology and medicine. The Department of Materials provides a natural home for this activity where the synergetic interactions among scientists with different backgrounds are key to progress.

The Department of Materials is also a major participant in the activities of the London Centre for Nanotechnology - a UK-based multidisciplinary research centre, whose aim is to provide the nanoscience and nanotechnology needed to solve major problems in information processing, healthcare, and energy and environment.

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Optionally followed by supper (this can be booked on the event booking form).
After the lecture a Friends' Table has been reserved at a local restaurant to entertain the speaker and for any of the audience who would like to join us to continue the evening's discussion. A two-course fixed price supper is served including wine, coffee and service charge.
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Venue: SAF Building, Imperial College London

Campus Map reference 33
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