'Graphene - ever wondered why it's so damn important?' by Dr Yvette Hancock, York University. Thursday 13th March 6.30pm
Graphene, which looks like carbon chicken wire, is a single layer of the more well-known material, graphite, which has modest application as the writing component in pencils. In comparison, graphene has remarkable properties from being a bench-top version of a CERN experiment, with charge-carriers that travel unimpeded and at a fraction of the speed of light, to it being the strongest known material, with record thermal conductivity, high elasticity and tuneable optical transmission. Unlike graphite, its potential applications are stellar and beyond ordinary. This presentation will provide an accessible overview of graphene; from the bulk to the nanoscale, highlighting its potential for being engineered, as well as future applications.