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Reference Number EP/L01548X/1
Title EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Science and Applications of Graphene and Related Nanomaterials (GrapheneNOWNANO)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 5%;
Not Energy Related 85%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 10%;
Research Types Training 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr IV Grigorieva
No email address given
Physics and Astronomy
University of Manchester
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2014
End Date 30 September 2023
Duration 114 months
Total Grant Value £4,532,481
Industrial Sectors Aerospace; Defence and Marine; Chemicals; Electronics; Energy
Region North West
Programme NC : Physical Sciences
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr IV Grigorieva , Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Professor V Falko , Physics, Lancaster University (0.001%)
Professor T Thomson , Computer Science, University of Manchester (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , National Physical Laboratory (NPL) (0.000%)
Project Contact , DSTL - Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (0.000%)
Project Contact , Technical University of Denmark (0.000%)
Project Contact , BP Exploration Co Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Chinese Academy of Sciences (0.000%)
Project Contact , IBM United Kingdom Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory (0.000%)
Project Contact , Argonne National Laboratory, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Aixtron Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Akzo Nobel (0.000%)
Project Contact , Dyson Appliances Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Oxford Instruments plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , National University of Singapore (0.000%)
Project Contact , Applied Materials Inc., USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Graphene Flagship, Sweden (0.000%)
Project Contact , Graphenea S.A., Spain (0.000%)
Project Contact , Airbus SAS, France (0.000%)
Project Contact , BGT Materials Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Renold plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Normal School Superior (Pisa), Italy (0.000%)
Project Contact , Parker Hannifin Manufacturing Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Lockheed Martin Corporation, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK (0.000%)
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Abstract The proposed EPSRC CDT in the Science and Applications of Graphene and Related Nanomaterials will respond to the UK need to train specialists with the skills to manipulate new strictly two-dimensional (2D) materials, in particular graphene, and work effectively across the necessary interdisciplinary boundaries. Graphene has been dubbed a miracle material due to the unique combination of superior electronic, mechanical, optical, chemical and biocompatible properties suitable for a large number of realistic applications. The potential of other 2D materials (e.g. boron nitride, transition metal and gallium dichalcogenides) has become clear more recently and already led to developing 'materials on demand'.The proposed CDT will build on the world-leading research in graphene and other 2D nanomaterials at the Universities of Manchester (UoM) and Lancaster (LU). In the last few years this research has undergone huge expansion from fundamental physics into chemistry, materials science, characterization, engineering, and life sciences. The importance of developing graphene-based technology has been recognized by recent large-scale investments from UK and European governments, including the establishment of the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at UoM and the award of 'Graphene Flagship' funding by the European Commission within the framework of the Future and Emerging Technologies (Euro1 billion over the next 10 years), aiming to support UK and European industries.Tailored training of young researchers in these areas has now become urgent as numerous companies and spin-offs specializing in electronics, energy storage, composites, sensors, displays, packaging and separation techniques have joined the race and are investing heavily in development of graphene-based technologies.Given these developments, it is of national importance that we establish a CDT that will train the next generation of scientists and engineers who will able to realise the huge potential of graphene and related 2D materials, driving innovation in the UK, Europe and beyond. The CDT will work with industrial partners to translate the results of academic research into real-world applications in the framework of the NGI and support the highly successful research base at UoM and LU.The new CDT will build directly on the structures and training framework developed for the highly successful North-West Nanoscience DTC (NOWNANO). The central achievement of NOWNANO has been creating a wide ranging interdisciplinary PhD programme, educating a new type of specialist capable of thinking and working across traditional discipline boundaries. The close involvement of the medical/life sciences with the physical sciences was another prominent and successful feature of NOWNANO and one we will continue in the new CDT. In addition to interdisciplinarity, an important feature of the new CDT will be the engagement with a broad network of users in industry and society, nationally and internationally.The students will start their 4-year PhD with a rigorous, bespoke 6-month programme of taught and assessed courses covering a broad range of nanoscience and nanotechnology, extending beyond graphene to other nanomaterials and their applications. This will be followed by challenging, interdisciplinary research projects and a programme of CDT-wide events (annual conferences, regular seminars, training in transferable skills, commercialization training, outreach activities). International experience will be provided by visiting academics and secondments to overseas partners. Training in knowledge transfer will be a prominent feature of the proposed programme, including a bespoke course 'Innovation and Commercialisation of Research' to which our many industrial partners will contribute, and industrial experience in the form of 3 to 6 months secondments that each CDT student will undertake in the course of their PhD.

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