The surface of a graphite crystal.

We have internationally leading teams in graphene research.

Graphene crystal structure.

About the Centre for Graphene Science

The Centre for Graphene Science unites the University of Exeter and the University of Bath in undertaking cutting-edge research into an exciting and revolutionary new material.

We are building internationally leading teams in graphene research by bringing together highly motivated and skilled people at each institution. We provide state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and high-quality research environments for our academics and partners.

The Centre is the hub of an international network of leading institutions researching graphene and is rapdily building connections with industry.

The Centre for Graphene Science has been funded by strategic investments by the Universities of Exeter and Bath into materials research, and by a £5million award from the EPSRC/HEFCE Science and Innovation Awards Scheme 2008.

Our research

Our work is highly interdisciplinary, encompassing elements of physics, engineering, chemistry, biology and medicine. The core of the Centre is formed by the Physics departments at the University of Exeter and the University of Bath.

At Exeter researchers are concentrating on large scale and large area graphene production, advanced lithographic techniques for device fabrication, and electrical and optical studies.

In Bath research is focused on nanofabrication and device prototyping by scanning probe and nanostencilling techniques and atomic scale surface studies.

Strong collaboration between colleagues at Exeter and Bath enables these distinct areas of investigation to advance faster through shared learning.

What is graphene?

Graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice. A stack of graphene sheets forms the crystal graphite.

It was known for years as a purely theoretical concept until 2004 when UK scientists first isolated stable graphene layers (K.S.Novoselov et al. Science, 2004).

Graphene has since been found to have unique mechanical, electrical and optical properties governed by unusual and fascinating physics (A.H.Castro Neto et al. Rev. Mod. Phys., 2008).

Unlike other materials, charge carriers in graphene are 'massless' and behave in many ways like photons, the particles of light. They also have a specific quantum mechanical property, chirality, which profoundly influences many physical phenomena. This makes graphene a test bed for examining core quantum mechanics principles, and the basis for development of fundamentally new functional devices, structurally smaller than those relying on conventional metals and semiconductors.

The discovery of graphene has launched a new era in nanotechnology. Its unique properties will lead to a vast range of practical applications, from all-carbon-based nano-electronics that can rival or even replace silicon technology, to medicine and healthcare.

Graphene gallery

Our Flickr slideshow includes a number of graphene related photographs and illustrations, including microscopy of Madagascan graphite crystals, diagrams of the atomic structure which gives graphene such unique properties.