Year 2 Chemistry student Dan Bristow (also studying A level Physics and Maths) has decided to study graphene for his EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). To help him with his research, he attended the HVM (High Value Manufacturing) Graphene conference at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, in November.
“Graphene is an amazing material,” he explains. “It’s formed from carbon and is strong, flexible but at the same time rigid, and is only one atom thick. It has a number of practical applications, including in supercapacitors and protective coverings.
“The aim of the conference was to look not only at how it can be used, but also to see how it can be marketed. There were speakers both from academic institutions, including the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Birmingham and Trinity College Dublin, and science and technology firms and institutions such as Applied Nanolayers, Nanopro, Novalia, Plastic Logic, the National Graphene Institute and the Cambridge Graphene Platform. It was very interesting to hear so many viewpoints and to gain a greater understanding of the challenges faced when introducing research to commercial applications.”
To find out more about the conference, visit http://www.hvm-uk.com/graphene/