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Investigation and optimisation of a design-for-manufacture deposition method for single layer graphene


Project Description

RD Graphene Ltd (RDGL) - http://www.rd-graphene.com/ - was incorporated in Scotland in 2016 after winning the prestigious Scottish Higgs Edge prize. RDGL have invented the world’s first patented (now granted) process for the cost-effective generation of graphene single layer in minimized process steps at room temperature, on any surface. This disruptive technology completely removes the barrier to commercialisation.

It is generally accepted that the current methods for producing graphene films such as micromechanical exfoliation or chemical vapour deposition, vary in quality and quantity and difficulties associated with scale-up. Another problem with current state-of-the art technologies is the graphene layer requires transfer to the desired substrate, adding cost and quality impairment. The RDGL invention facilitates the production of one or more layers of graphene at room temperature, enabling graphene growth on temperature sensitive substrate materials such as plastics.

Academic partner is the University of the West of Scotland`s (UWS) Institute of Thin Films, Sensors & Imaging (ITFSI - http://www.itfsi.com ), a national centre of excellence for deposition and application of thin film research, development and commercialisation. ITFSI provides required fundamental thin film deposition systems and process capabilities, thin film characterisation and analysis required by the project.

The aim of this project is to build on the RDG patented process, completing a research & development deposition system, with ITFSI progressing deposition, optimisation and characterisation of the resulting graphene material. The project will include assembly and complete fabrication of the graphene reactor system, undertaken jointly by RDG and UWS ITFSI.

Industrial and academic supervisors for the project will be Dr Marco Caffio – RDGL chief scientific officer - and Professor Des Gibson director UWS TFSI.

Funding Notes

UWS is an inspiring, vibrant place to study with a growing research community; an important aspect of which is its outstanding and committed research students. The studentship offers an annual stipend of £14,777 per annum for three years and payment of the tuition fees. Funding will be considered as part of a competitive round. Studentships are open to Home/EU candidates with a first degree in a relevant discipline. Non-EU students can apply, but will not receive the stipend and will be required to pay fees.

How good is research at University of the West of Scotland in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 7.50

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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