Two-dimensional (2D) materials are one or few-atom thick films of layered materials that retain structural stability in an ultra-thin form. The list of discovered 2D materials contains metals, semiconductors and insulators, which makes the whole family of 2D materials an appealing platform for building optoelectronic devices as well as creating prototype nanostacks called heterostructures with properties tailored for particular applications. 2D materials were pioneered in the UK, following the isolation of graphene at The University of Manchester in 2004, and, since then, they have become the subjects of a massive international research effort, due to their potential to influence a number of areas ranging from membranes for filtration and coatings, energy storage and functional composites
2D material research at the Henry Royce Institute will focus on developing the key underpinning science needed for future product development. The University of Manchester will establish a suite of functionalisation of 2D materials with in-situ characterisation/testing capability which, combined with existing infrastructure at Manchester, will provide UK academic groups and companies with a single access point for the development, production and analysis of 2D materials. These materials will be exploited in inks for printable electronics, enhanced composites, coatings and membranes, and in electrodes in fuels cells, lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors.
In the long term, this facility, in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory, will lead the way in formulating standards for 2D materials, providing a crucial point of reference for the 2D materials supply chain in the UK.
Henry Royce partners – the research will bring together some of the UK’s leading academics, from the universities of Manchester, Cambridge, Leeds, Sheffield, Imperial College London, Oxford and the National Physical Laboratory, who collaborate regularly to maintain the UK’s leading expertise in 2D materials. Other institutions that are not currently part of the Henry Royce Institute, include the universities of Nottingham and Warwick will also collaborate on the research.
2D materials academic champions
Professor Vladimir Falko, Research Director of National Graphene Institute
Professor Ian Kinloch, (School of Materials) The University of Manchester.
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