Advanced Materials and Bio-Engineering Research (AMBER) hosted a one-day gathering focused on graphene on August 2.
AMBER is a center funded by the Science Foundation Ireland. It is a platform that connects researchers in materials science with industries.
Leading international scientists gathered at the Science Gallery in Dublin to discuss advances in the development of graphene – what many call the most important discovery of the 21st century.
Graphene is currently used in medical devices, sports equipment, smartphones, and solar panels, among other things.
The event marked the 10th anniversary of the Liquid Phase Exfoliation (LPE) technique developed by Jonathan Coleman and Valeria Nicolosi from AMBER.
The pioneering LPE technique made it possible to mass produce graphene. Before this, it was not possible to produce large quantities of the material due to cost challenges.
Although scientists are still researching more processes to produce graphene on a large scale, the LPE technique had massive implications on the industry.
Graphene is a super strong, yet flexible material. It’s also a great conductor of electricity – even better than copper – and has a myriad of applications in different sectors.
Market forecasters predict that graphene will be an inseparable part of industries such as health, construction, electronics, and energy.
Professor Jonathan Coleman, Principal Investigator at AMBER points out that the main focus of scientists who work with graphene is to develop tangible applications for industries.
Professor Vincenzo Palermo, Vice director of Graphene Flagship, said: “The Graphene Flagship is tasked with bringing together academic and industrial researchers to take graphene from the realm of academic laboratories into European society in the space of 10 years.
He added: “The LPE technique, as developed by Professor Jonathan Coleman and Professor Valeria Nicolosi, was an incredible breakthrough in the area of materials science, and particularly for the Flagship. This technique has opened many doors for cross-collaboration with industry and academia.”
Speakers at the event talked about possible applications of graphene, its potential as a disruptive technology, and developments in research.
News source: Irish Tech News