Graphene Research Groups (PhDs, UK)

In summary, the individual is currently searching for research groups to apply to for a PhD in the upcoming year. They have a background in Theoretical Physics but are now interested in a mix of experimental and theoretical work. They have looked into ESPRC graphene funding and have a list of potential schools, including Manchester, Exeter/Bath Graphene Center, St Andrews Condensed Matter DTC, and Leeds/Notts/Sheffield. They are seeking recommendations for other schools and mention that they are currently working with a team at Loughborough University, headed by Prof Feo Kusmartsev who specializes in Graphene.
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I am currently looking at what research groups to apply to for starting a PhD next year, is there anywhere particularly good that I am missing out? I did my Masters in Theoretical Physics but I am actually leaning more towards a mixture of both experimental and theory at this stage, I did do some labs in undergrad and also did an internship at a nanotech lab so hopefully that's not too unrealistic :)

I'm not in academia at the moment so I don't have many people to ask about this, I've been looking at ESPRC graphene funding as my only real source.

So far my list is-

Manchester (obviously ;) )
Exeter/Bath Graphene Center
St Andrews Condensed Matter DTC
Leeds/Notts/Sheffield seem to have small groups but I don't know anything much about them

There are obviously more groups out there and I'm hoping there's someone in CM research or similar who might be able to point me in the direction of some cool groups!
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Can anyone recommend some good schools? :)
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Currently at Loughborough where there is a team of about 12 people working on various Graphene related projects. Prof Feo (F V) Kusmartsev is head of the physics dept and specialises in Graphene.

hope that helps

1. What is graphene and why is it important in research?

Graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice. It is the thinnest, strongest, and most conductive material known to exist. Its unique properties make it a promising material for a wide range of applications in electronics, energy storage, and biomedicine.

2. What are some current research areas within graphene research groups in the UK?

Some current research areas include developing methods for large-scale production of graphene, studying its mechanical and electrical properties, exploring its potential in energy storage and conversion, and investigating its use in biomedical applications such as drug delivery and tissue engineering.

3. How can I become a part of a graphene research group in the UK?

To become a part of a graphene research group in the UK, you can pursue a PhD in a relevant field such as materials science, chemistry, or engineering. Many universities in the UK have established graphene research groups and offer PhD programs in this area. You can also reach out to individual researchers in the field and inquire about potential opportunities.

4. What are some challenges faced by graphene researchers in the UK?

Some challenges faced by graphene researchers in the UK include finding scalable and cost-effective methods for production, improving the stability of graphene-based materials, and addressing potential health and safety concerns associated with its use.

5. How is the UK leading in graphene research compared to other countries?

The UK is considered a global leader in graphene research due to its early investments and collaborations in this field. The country has established several research centers and facilities dedicated to graphene, and its universities have produced groundbreaking research and patents in this area. The UK also has a strong network of industry partnerships, promoting the commercialization of graphene-based technologies.

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