27
November
2015
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11:34
Europe/London

Fellowship for University graphene researcher

  • Dr Artem Mishchenko has been given a Fellowship by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
  • Boost to cutting edge research on graphene and 2D materials
Dr Artem Mishchenko

One of the University of Manchester’s most promising graphene researchers has been awarded a fellowship.

Dr Artem Mishchenko, from the School of Physics and Astronomy, has been given a Fellowship by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The £1.2m award will allow Dr Mishchenko to expand his work on graphene and related 2D materials, and carry out original research in this growing and exciting area.

One of the foremost experts on the properties of transport of graphene, Dr Mishchenko is one of a number of scientists at the University pioneering research into two-dimensional materials.

Following the isolation of graphene at The University of Manchester in 2004, a family of other 2D materials was identified. These materials, combined with graphene, could deliver designer materials, capable of being precisely assembled and fine-tuned to meet the demands of industry.

Working with leading researchers, including Nobel laureates Sir Andre Geim and Sir Kostya Novoselov, Dr Mishchenko will use his fellowship to build nanomachines and structures with layer by layer of assembled stacks of individual atomic planes.

He said: “I am delighted to have been awarded an EPSRC Fellowship and I think it will be of great benefit to my research on this emerging area.

“Although extremely appealing for both academia and industry, further progress in nanomachinery depends on overcoming the significant technological challenges – device reliability, motion control at the nanoscale, and manufacturing scalability to name a few.

“I am convinced that 2D materials will revolutionise science and technology of nanoelectromechanical systems and will help to overcome these challenges.”

“I am convinced that 2D materials will revolutionise science and technology of nanoelectromechanical systems and will help to overcome these challenges." 
Dr Artem Mishchenko

Professor Vladimir Falko, Research Director of the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester, added: “Artem is one of our finest early career researchers and this award will give him the opportunity to become one of the leading experts in this fascinating field of study.”

The University of Manchester has more than 235 researchers in graphene and 2D materials and the NGI has around 50 industrial partners working collaboratively on applications of the future.

In 2017, the £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) is set to be completed, accelerating taking graphene products to market.

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