Materials for Industry-Derek Birchall Award 2017 Winner
Awarded for new developments in nanocarbon chemistry and their application in industry
My work is based around nanocarbons in particular carbon nanotubes and graphene. Graphene is a single layer of hexagons that are fused together, a bit like chicken wire, and is only one atom thick. Whereas, carbon nanotubes can be considered to be a rolled-up sheet of graphene to form a tube. My work is centred around making graphene and chemically modifying the surface of both graphene and carbon nanotubes so that they can be easily handled and incorporated into a variety of materials ranging from paints and coatings to composite materials to give improved properties and performance.