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Reference Number EP/K017160/1
Title New manufacturable approaches to the deposition and patterning of graphene materials
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 10%;
Energy Efficiency(Other) 10%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 10%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen, Hydrogen storage) 5%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 25%;
Not Energy Related 40%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 40%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor CD Wright
No email address given
Engineering Computer Science and Maths
University of Exeter
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 February 2013
End Date 31 January 2016
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £1,125,790
Industrial Sectors Manufacturing
Region South West
Programme Graphene:Capital
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor CD Wright , Engineering Computer Science and Maths, University of Exeter (99.988%)
  Other Investigator Professor S Eichhorn , Engineering Computer Science and Maths, University of Exeter (0.001%)
Dr G R Nash , Engineering Computer Science and Maths, University of Exeter (0.001%)
Dr M F Craciun , Engineering Computer Science and Maths, University of Exeter (0.001%)
Professor SJ Bending , Physics, University of Bath (0.001%)
Professor PR Raithby , Chemistry, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr MS Hill , Chemistry, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr AL Johnson , Chemistry, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr SI Pascu , Chemistry, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr GD Pantos , Chemistry, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr H Bhaskaran , Materials, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr D Horsell , Physics, University of Exeter (0.001%)
Dr S Russo , Physics, University of Exeter (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Thomas Swan and Co Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Johnson Matthey plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , SAFC Hitech (0.000%)
Project Contact , Oxford Instruments plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Asylum Research, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , IBM, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Picosun Oy, Finland (0.000%)
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Abstract Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms held together in a honeycomb array, has a fascinating and exotic range of properties many of which still remain underexplored and that have placed it in the vanguard of modern materials research. With possible applications in high speed electronic devices, solar cells, super capacitors, batteries, thermoelectric devices, super transistors, organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), sensors, genetic sequencing and hydrogen storage materials, the potential impact of graphene is almost limitless. However, despite the interest in this fascinating material, current graphene synthesis methods, including exfoliation, epitaxial growth, graphite oxidation or chemical vapour deposition (CVD), have significant drawbacks including limits to size of thin film produced, the number of layers of graphene formed, restrictions to the types of surfaces onto which graphene layers are produced, lack of control over multilayer formation, as well as a requirement for high temperature reaction conditions and long time periods to produce high quality graphene; all of which inhibit the long term utility and eventual commercialisation of graphene-based materials. Our goal is therefore to advance and accelerate the commercial exploitation of graphene by developing new routes to the manufacture, patterning and functionalisation of graphene-based materials. Our proposal leverages the very significant existing capabilities of the EPSRC-HEFCE funded Exeter-Bath Centre for Graphene Science (CfGS), comprising over 50 academic and research staff and students working in graphene. Having made great strides in understanding and controlling the fundamental properties of graphene, we will now explore promising routes to manufacturable graphene materials, devices and systems. Specifically we will: (i) develop pioneering, high-throughput atomic layer deposition (ALD) techniques for graphene, suited to industry-compatible production technology on practical substrates, (ii) investigate a 'blue-skies' approach capable of high-speed, high-resolution direct-writing of graphene

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