Tests on graphene by a Cardiff University researcher could open up global exploitation of the lightweight ‘wonder’ material.
Graphene is a form of carbon and forms an atomic-scale lattice. It is extremely strong and conducts heat and electricity efficiently. It is used in products from computer chips to super-light aircraft.
But its development has been held back commercially by the cost and difficulty of large-scale production.
Now research by Dr David Morgan, of Cardiff Catalysis Institute, has developed methods of testing and analysing changes in the material.
Dr Morgan has worked alongside South Wales company Perpetuus to test the characteristics of graphene on an industrial scale – a ‘world-first’ for the University.