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Exploring ‘Flatland’s’ Future during Materials Week at Warwick

Alex Marsden

Abstract


Materials have been at the heart of humankind’s development since our beginning. Recently, a new family of materials have emerged that promise to revolutionise our technologies. These are materials that are only one atom thick, truly two-dimensional. From 1 to 5 of February 2016, Warwick hosted Materials Week, which brought together students, researchers, and the public to discuss materials research at Warwick. This critical reflection piece looks at the events in Materials Week that focused on the emerging field of 2D materials: a workshop to discuss 2D materials in composites and electrochemistry; a colloquium by Professor Jonathan Coleman, a leader in the production of 2D materials; and finally a lecture from Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov, one of the two researchers who won the Nobel Prize in Physics for having started the 2D revolution.


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materials science, Materials Week, Warwick, graphene, 2D materials, Konstantin Novoselov

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References


Georgiou, T. et al. (2012), ‘Vertical field-effect transistor based on graphene–WS2 heterostructures for flexible and transparent electronics’, Nature Nanotechnology, 8(2), 100–03

Van Noorden, R. (2014), ‘How to make graphene in a kitchen blender’, http://blogs.nature.com/news/2014/04/how-to-make-graphene-in-a-kitchen-blender.html, accessed 30 March 2016


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