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.
A Random Walk
Telling graphene's story
The installation was inspired by Sir Andre Geim’s Nobel prize acceptance lecture Random Walk to Graphene when, in 2010 together with Sir Kostya Novoselov, he won the Nobel Prize in Physics for demonstrating the remarkable properties of graphene.
Curated by Mark Epstein, Photographer and Senior Language Tutor at The University of Manchester undertook months of interviewing and photographing to create this innovative portrait gallery.
The collection of black and white pictures also include extracts from those interviews that not only tell the story of the ground-breaking research being carried out but the wider ethical challenges, personal histories and motivations of the people currently working in and around graphene.
A complete catalogue of the portraits and interviews can be found at: http://www.markepstein.co.uk/
This new material graphene, was creating quite a buzz around the University. Being a language teacher, I am interested in both image and text and I wanted to tell this story in a way visually distinct from the clichéd pictures of ‘scientists in lab coats'.
Mark Epstein, Senior Language Tutor, The University of Manchester