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 Sarah Haigh
Reader in Materials Characterisation
Studying the structure and properties of nanomaterials using high resolution transmission electron microscope (TEM) imaging and spectroscopic analysis.
The outstanding properties of graphene and other related two dimensional materials are known to be critically dependant on the local atomic structure. Sarah's research focuses around the use of advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques in order to improve our understanding of the relationship between the electrical or magnetic properties of the material and its atomic-scale structure and composition.
The range techniques utilized to tackle this problem including the development of novel phase retrieval algorithms, aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, advanced energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy. Sarah is also interested in the interaction of graphene with various nanoparticle systems.