Graphene Suite – where art meets materials science

Francis Sedgemore, Friday 26 June 2015 at 11:04 UTC

by Francis Sedgemore, 26 June 2015. Article first published by the Graphene Flagship. At Graphene Week 2015 in Manchester yesterday, delegates and others were treated to the premiere of a musical suite by Sara Lowes, composer-in-residence at the National Graphene Institute. Sara’s Graphene Suite was commissioned by Brighter Sound, a Manchester-based producer of creative music […]


Bosch breakthrough in graphene sensor technology

Francis Sedgemore, Friday 26 June 2015 at 9:50 UTC

by Francis Sedgemore, 26 June 2015. Article first published by the Graphene Flagship. Graphene Week 2015 is awash with outstanding research results, but one presentation has created quite a stir at this Graphene Flagship conference. To a stunned audience, Robert Roelver of Stuttgart-based engineering firm Bosch reported on Thursday that company researchers, together with scientists […]


Graphene Week 2015 – back to where it all started

Francis Sedgemore, Wednesday 24 June 2015 at 20:29 UTC

by Francis Sedgemore, 23 June 2015, with reporting from Anna Eiden and James Chapman. Article first published by the Graphene Flagship Graphene Week is the centrepiece of the Graphene Flagship calendar, and this year the conference takes place at the University of Manchester in northern England. The city of Manchester, renowned the world over as […]


RIP Barney Morton (1997-2015)

Francis Sedgemore, Friday 19 June 2015 at 20:25 UTC

In memory of Barney Morton, gentlecat in the parish of Royston. Sleep well, dear friend.


Graphene oxide biodegrades with help of human enzymes

Francis Sedgemore, Monday 1 June 2015 at 17:02 UTC

Graphene Flagship researchers show how graphene oxide suspended in water biodegrades in a reaction catalysed by a human enzyme, with the effectiveness of the breakdown dependent on the colloidal stability of the suspension. The study should guide the development of graphene-based biomedical applications. As with all new materials with industrial promise, there is considerable expert […]


This blog ain’t dead

Francis Sedgemore, Friday 20 March 2015 at 13:44 UTC

This blog ain’t dead. Honest. It’s merely oversleeping a little. Stay tuned.


Je suis Charlie!

Francis Sedgemore, Wednesday 7 January 2015 at 17:00 UTC

Solidarity with Charlie Hebdo. Long live freedom, tolerance and common humanity.


The leaving of Lewisham

Francis Sedgemore, Monday 25 August 2014 at 16:28 UTC

On Friday of this week I shall flee London, aka The Great Wen, aka Borisstadt. The following Monday I start a new job at the University of Cambridge, and from now on will live with my partner in a small town some 25 kilometres from Cambridge. The plan is to cycle to work along the […]


James Foley – journalist and martyr

Francis Sedgemore, Tuesday 19 August 2014 at 21:47 UTC

American freelance journalist James Foley has been beheaded on camera by an ISIS terrorist reported to have an English accent. Foley, who was 40 years old, and hailed from Rochester, New Hampshire, disappeared in Syria in November 2012. His ‘execution’ is said to be a warning to the United States not to intervene further against […]


British journalists react to the crisis in Gaza

Francis Sedgemore, Thursday 24 July 2014 at 21:30 UTC

I see that my trade union, the National Union of Journalists, is supporting the TUC call to attend the demonstration planned for this Saturday outside the Israeli embassy in London. Some years ago, following an Israeli military action off the Gaza coast, a demonstration was held at the Israeli embassy in London. There I witnessed […]