This research area focuses on the synthesis, characterisation and theoretical understanding of graphene, carbon nanotubes and other carbon-based nanomaterials.
This research area focuses on the synthesis, characterisation and theoretical understanding of graphene, graphene oxide, carbon nanotubes and other carbon-based nanomaterials. It includes:
- understanding the fundamental properties of carbon nanomaterials
- developing new growth methods
- understanding the influence of defects on properties
exploring possibilities for nanoscale carbon electronics.
Device fabrication, carbon composite materials and materials processing are covered in related research. Other 2D materials are captured in the Functional Ceramics and Inorganics research area.
Following significant EPSRC investment, this research area should consolidate and network current critical-mass investments. We will work with the community to establish significantly stronger links to the manufacturing portfolio through a focus on end-user-oriented research, by building relationships between the community and industry, and by continuing to further increase leverage.
In addition, following the large capital investment by the National Graphene Institute (NGI) and the Sir Henry Royce Institute, researchers should exploit this capability and any further investment should be complementary to avoid duplication and to maximise its benefits.
Advanced materials such as graphene and carbon nanotechnology are a cross-cutting theme for productive, resilient and healthy nation outcomes. Recognising this, links should be developed between researchers in this area and those in application-driven research areas – for example biomaterials and tissue engineering, manufacturing technologies, energy storage and microelectronics device technology.
We encourage ambitious projects that address the challenges identified by the Advanced Materials Leadership Council (AMLC) where they align with EPSRC priorities. AMLC themes relevant to researchers in this community are materials for functional systems, and materials for communications and electronics.