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.
The sticky tape method that was used to first isolate graphene for at The University of Manchester is still used. However this cannot be done on an industrial scale.
Other methods are used for large scale manufacturing such as chemical deposition, however research continues to be carried out to scale up new capabilities of producing larger quantities of graphene.
In this video we explore the methods used to make graphene.
The narrator is Sarah Haigh, a lecturer in Materials Characterisation. Her research focuses on the structure and properties of nanomaterials using high resolution transmission electron microscope (TEM) imaging and spectroscopic analysis.