Graphene could help reduce the energy cost of producing heavy water and decontamination in nuclear power plants by over one hundred times compared with current technologies, University of Manchester research indicates.
Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan
Lecturer in Nanomaterials
The science and technology of graphene, particularly for applications in electronics, sensors and biotechnology.
Aravind's team combine graphene with coupled and arrayed plasmonic antennae to enhance light-matter interaction in graphene with an eye towards photodetectors and photovoltaic applications. They also integrate carbon nanotubes into plasmonic systems using a bottom-up assembly approach called dielectrophoresis.
Graphene + Biotechnology
They are working on exploring graphene's biocompatibility and integrating/mimicking biological systems with graphene, towards applications in bio-sensing, bio-catalysis and bio-energy.
The team integrate magnetic, electrochemical and optoelectronic molecular switches with graphene and carbon nanotubes to form hybrid molecular electronic systems.
Aravind is also the public engagement coordinator for graphene and nano-science at Manchester, and the winner of the 2013 Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Communication.