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with others in Europe, for example in Germany or Italy. This may harm
graphene research by relying on general funding and training schemes.
To what extent will these collective efforts help
Europe remain competitive compared to North
America and Asia in terms of social elements?
We have very good experts on graphene in Europe. The Graphene
Flagship allows people to interact with one another and to work on
joint programmes, and this is very important to help encourage
collaboration and build multidisciplinary projects. This is in contrast to
graphene research in the United States and Asia, where scientists tend
to work more as individuals rather than in joint research networks.
However, on the other hand, we need to take into account the progress
being made in Asia.
Turning to Manchester and Graphene Week 2015, what
are the plans for this major European conference?
At present the programme is not fixed, but it is likely to follow a similar
programme to last year. We have invited a number of high profile
speakers, leading to around 29 invited talks during the five-day event, in
addition to around 70 contributed orals.
We want to give people the maximum possibility to present their work
and will therefore be including parallel sessions during the event
specifically for this purpose, allowing scientists to present their work.
We are also aiming to divide the parallel sessions along the 16 work
packages of the Graphene Flagship, so consequently the sessions will
be on fundamentals, high frequency electronics, optoelectronics, and
spintronics, amongst others.
Dr Cinzia Casiraghi
University of Manchester
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G R A P H E N E R E S E A R C H
Graphene Week 2015
Five days of events focusing on the ‘wonder material’ that is
graphene will take place in Manchester during the summer.
Graphene Week follows a series of annual events that have taken
place across the world since 2008, including in Austria, the United
States, the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden.
Graphene Week 2015 runs from 22-26 June and is commissioned
by the Graphene Flagship, with support from the University of
Manchester, the NGI and the city of Manchester. Taking place at the
university, the event is expected to attract 400 leading scientists
from across the world and contribute approximately £700,000 in
economic benefits to the city.
Speaking about the event to the Graphene Flagship, conference
chair Dr Cinzia Casiraghi said: “We feel that with the opening of the
National Graphene Institute in 2015, it is appropriate to invite the
global research community to one of the top graphene research
institutes. The participants will be the first people to see the
completed NGI facility and see first-hand the leading edge research
that is being undertaken at the university, where we have nearly
200 researchers working across 30 groups.”
James Baker, business director of Graphene@Manchester,
commented ahead of the event: “It is fitting that such a prestigious
event as Graphene Week should be held in Manchester, the home
of graphene. The conference will follow on from the official opening
of the £61m NGI, which will be the national hub for graphene
research and commercialisation in the UK.”
Adding his thoughts in the run up to the conference, Andrew
Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester, also said: “We
look forward to welcoming scientists from across the world as they
share their latest research and discuss emerging applications.”
Speakers addressing the event include graphene leaders Professor
Dr Sir Kostya Novoselov and Professor Andrea C Ferrari, as well as
Harvard University’s Philip Kim and Amir Yacoby, the Ulsan National
Institute of Science and Technology’s Rodney S Ruoff, and IBM’s
Shu-Jen Han.
The scientific programme of the event will be divided into several
core areas, including ‘Fundamental physics of graphene and
related 2D materials’, ‘Chemistry and biology studies of graphene’
and ‘Graphene-related health and environment research’. The
conference will also dedicate time to the application of graphene
and related 2D materials in electronics; photonics; spintronics and
sensors; energy, including photovoltaics, energy storage, fuel cells
and hydrogen storage; and biomedical applications. Mastering
large scale graphene production will also be considered.
Professor Dr Sir Kostya Novoselov and Professor Sir Andre Geim were
awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on graphene
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