Cambridge researchers get atomic force microscope to study graphene
Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) has seen the installation of an atomic force microscope (AFM) supplied by Agilent Technologies.
Graphene is the second layer of carbon atoms that are sp2 covalently bonded into a honeycomb lattice. Much of graphene’s appeal comes from its unique electronic properties that may one day make super-high-speed devices a reality.
Agilent’s 5600LS AFM has scanning microwave microscopy capabilities for electrical characterisation of capacitance, impedance and dielectric properties of graphene and related materials at the nanoscale.
The CGC, which is directed by Andrea Ferrari, professor of nanotechnology at the University of Cambridge, is part of the UK’s Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Graphene Flagship project
The Graphene Flagship is an academic-industrial consortium focused on research in materials production to components and system integration, and targets a number of specific goals that leverage the unique properties of graphene and related materials.
This was chosen as one of only two FET flagship projects by the European Commission.
The other is “The Human Brain Project.” Each of the two projects is expected to receive €1bn over 10 years, half from the European Commission and half EU member states. The UK has already invested £60m to create a leading graphene research and technology “hub.”