FGV Cambridge Nanosystems is very proud to be part of the newly opened “Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond” exhibition at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry about the history, science and possibilities of a new 2D material graphene.
Often described as a “wonder material”, graphene is around 200 times stronger than steel yet lightweight and flexible and more conductive than copper. It is a truly extraordinary material having the potential to radically reshape the way we think, design and manufacture in a host of areas – from racing cars to rust-free paint, from mobile phones to medical science.
The exhibition’s curator Danielle Olsen says it aims to introduce visitors to graphene using tangible objects – early graphite pencils, the sticky tape dispenser used by Geim and Novoselov to discover graphene, poetry, photography, touch-based conductive displays etc. – in the absence of a material they can see and touch.
In a ‘clean room’ area of the exhibition sits a collection of lockers which house objects, videos and photographs highlighting a handful of people who are working with graphene in unusual ways. Our Chief Scientist, Dr Catharina Paukner, is one of the graphene science explorers featured in one of such lockers, where she displays our company’s graphene technology consisting of a compact bioreactor which uses microwave plasma chemistry to produce graphene from biogas gas obtained from food waste, oil by-products and even cows.
Our Chief Scientist, Dr Catharina Paukner, displaying our simple, cost-effective way to create large quantities of graphene from harmful greenhouse gases like methane that come from waste food and cows.
The Guardian’s review of this graphene exhibition called our display as “one of the most compelling”.
FGV Cambridge Nanosystems display at Manchester Museum of Science and Industry’s graphene exhibition.
For a detailed commentary of the exhibition and our part in it, see our Twitter page at @camnanos.
Furthermore, the ‘clean room’ part of the exhibition highlighting the current work by a series of lightboxes displaying images of places where graphene is already having an impact in the world, including a water desalination plant in Abu Dhabi and a mine in Sri Lanka, as well as video footage of leading graphene researchers and industrialists discussing the pathway to mass commercialisation.
The “Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond” will be accompanied by a year-round programme for adults, families and schools, including hands-on science events, evening science socials, “in conversation” style events and creative workshops. The exhibition will tour nationally and internationally, including going to the Science Museum, London, in 2018.
Watch a video from the exhibition here.