Discovery at Manchester

Graphene: Made in Manchester

Graphene Fridays

Andre and Kostya frequently held 'Friday night experiments' - sessions where they would try out experimental science not necessarily linked to their day jobs.

One Friday, the two scientists removed some flakes from a lump of bulk graphite with sticky tape. They noticed some flakes were thinner than others. By separating the graphite fragments repeatedly they managed to create flakes which were just one atom thick. They had isolated graphene for the first time.

This playful approach is fundamental to how both Andre and Kostya work. It is seen as both a useful way of maintaining interest as well as a means of generating new ideas.

Graphene Fridays
Graphene seminar

Graphene seminars

This tradition is continued today by all graphene researchers at The University of Manchester via weekly Friday afternoon seminars.

The whole team from Nobel Laureates to new PhD students meet to share and discuss new research.

Our business partners can also engage with this through the National Graphene Institute (NGI).

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