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 Bruce Grieve
Director of e-Agri Sensors Centre
Sensors and ICT associated with agriculture and biotechnology.
Under the e-Agri theme (ie device engineering and informatics for sustainable agriculture and food) the interests in graphene are as a novel material within sensors based on BIOFETs (biological field effect transistors).
In particular, the integration of graphene should enable such devices to be orders of magnitude more sensitive through the material's ability to detect the single molecule events associated with gene receptors derived from insect, plant and mammalian cells.