At just one atom thick, graphene is an ultra-thin carbon sheet stronger than steel, but flexible, transparent, biocompatible and boasting the capacity to conduct electrical current and heat better than gold. The surprising quantum mechanical properties of graphene have led to strong attention from theorists and metrologists. The isolation of freestanding sheets of graphene in 2004 led to the award of the 2010 Physics Nobel Prize. At Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnolgy Centre, we continue to investigate the full potential of this remarkable resource.
Our members have a range of research interests involving graphene, including:
- Production by exfoliation and subsequent chemical functionalisation
- Theory, especially anomalous van der Waals forces and cohesive properties (Dr Tim Gould and Professor John Dobson)
- Gas absorption on/in graphenics, functionalised graphene sensors (Professor Evan Gray and Dr Jim Webb)
- Bottom-up synthesis of graphene and graphenics, optoelectronic properties of nanographenes, chemical sensing (Qin Li)
- Graphene for micro/nano-electronics, growing graphene from Si-supported SiC surface for microelectronic applications (Professor Sima Dimitrijev).
The synergies between these interests will lead to unique contributions from the Centre.
Check out the following Griffith News highlights on developments and breakthroughs from our researchers:
Using our world-leading facilities, with valued assistance from the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), researchers have also developed a world-first, cost-effective manufacturing process, opening the door to mass production of graphene-inspired devices. Griffith Enterprise extends invitations across industry to investigate graphene’s technological power and potential.