Graphene enables ultrafast laser pulses for spectroscopy and biomedical applications

Francis Sedgemore, Monday 3 August 2015 at 16:37 UTC

Article first published by the Graphene Flagship. Graphene Flagship researchers have developed an optical fibre laser that emits pulses with durations equivalent to just a few wavelengths of the light used. This fastest ever laser based on graphene will be ideal for use in ultrafast spectroscopy, and in surgical lasers that avoid heat damage to […]

Graphene supercurrents go ballistic

Francis Sedgemore, Monday 27 July 2015 at 17:21 UTC

Article first published by the Graphene Flagship. Researchers with Europe’s Graphene Flagship have demonstrated superconducting electric currents in the two-dimensional material graphene that bounce between sheet edges without scattering. This first direct observation of the ballistic mirroring of electron waves in a 2d system with supercurrents could lead to the use of graphene-based Josephson junctions […]

Graphene Week sees launch of Women in Graphene

Francis Sedgemore, Wednesday 8 July 2015 at 17:43 UTC

Graphene Week 2015 saw the launch of Women in Graphene, a support network for women in graphene and related 2d materials research. As in other areas of science and engineering, women make up significant proportion of the 2d materials workforce, but they face a number of gender-specific barriers to career progression. Article first published by […]

Graphene Week 2015 hosts BBC World Service forum

Francis Sedgemore, Wednesday 8 July 2015 at 17:29 UTC

Graphene Week 2015 in Manchester saw the BBC World Service in town to record an episode of The Forum – a radio discussion programme that tackles the big questions of our age with some of the world’s most eminent thinkers, movers and shakers. Article first published by the Graphene Flagship. Chaired by BBC diplomatic correspondent […]

Graphene Suite – where art meets materials science

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

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 projects and other cultural events. Graphene […]

Bosch breakthrough in graphene sensor technology

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

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 at the Max-Planck Institute for Solid […]

Graphene Week 2015 – back to where it all started

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

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 a centre of trade, technology and innovation, is home to the UK’s National Graphene […]

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.