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Surface technology

Structural and chemical characterisation of graphene

Helping industry to take advantage of emerging materials and their valuable properties

Graphene, the two-dimensional crystal of carbon, has many extraordinary properties and characteristics which are either unique or surpass those of other materials. What makes graphene really special, and a potentially disruptive technology, is that all these properties are combined into one material – strong, flexible, transparent and an excellent conductor of both heat and electricity. 

It is an ideal choice for a wide range of real-world applications in areas such as electronics, biomedicine, energy and composites, to name just a few. Furthermore, research into graphene has revealed a whole new family of '2D materials'.

The commercial uptake of these advanced materials will be driven by confidence in its performance and ease of production. Currently, there are many methods being used and developed to prepare graphene of various dimensions, shapes and quality, from micromechanical cleavage to chemical vapour deposition.

We are part of the National Graphene Metrology Centre (NGMC) at NPL, which is world-leading in the development of characterisation methods, metrology and quality control of the structural and chemical properties of graphene and 2D materials, which will enable the commercialisation of these nanomaterials. We are also developing the crucial international standards for graphene terminology and characterisation methods.

Our knowledge and experience makes us ideal to discuss your graphene and related 2D materials characterisation challenges and to help you commercialise these exciting materials.

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Lead researcher

Andrew J Pollard

Principal Research Scientist

Andrew Pollard is the Science Area Leader of the Surface Technology Group and leads NPL's research into the structural and chemical characterisation of graphene and related 2D materials

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