Prof. Peter Budd - Bringing graphene-based membranes into the real world

A £3.5 million research programme to develop the science and technology of graphene-based membranes will kick off in July 2013.

A £3.5M research programme to develop the science and technology of graphene-based membranes will kick off in July 2013. Supported by the EPSRC graphene engineering initiative, and led by Prof. Peter Budd of the School of Chemistry, it involves researchers from across the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.  Membranes – thin films that either allow or prevent the movement of specific molecules or ions – can help provide solutions to many issues that affect us all, from stopping power stations releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, to detecting the chemical signals produced by agricultural pests.  No molecules can get through a perfect sheet of graphene (a one-atom thick layer of carbon), but when platelets of graphene are built into more complex structures, highly selective membranes can be generated.  The aim is, together with industrial partners, to produce working membranes for applications related to sustainability, energy, health, defence and food security.

 

THE GRAPHENE MEMBRANE TEAM
Standing: Prof. Peter Budd (Chemistry).
Seated (left to right): Dr. Rahul Raveendran Nair (Physics & Astronomy), Dr. Cinzia Casiraghi (Chemistry), Dr. Aravind Vijayaraghavan (Computer Science), Dr. Andrey Jivkov (Mech., Aero. & Civil Eng.), Dr Sarah Haigh (Materials), Dr. Paola Carbone (Chem. Eng. & Anal. Sci.), Dr. Stuart Holmes (Chem. Eng. & Anal. Sci.), Prof. Sven Schroeder (Chem. Eng. & Anal. Sci.), Dr. Bruce Grieve (Elec. & Electronic Eng.).
Not in picture: Prof. Ian Kinloch (Materials), Dr. Flor Siperstein (Chem. Eng. & Anal. Sci.).

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