Supporting graphene research and preserving its legacy.

The University of Manchester Library plays a key role in supporting graphene research and preserving its legacy.

Building a graphene archive

Professor Sir Kostya Novoselov has donated his analogue archive, comprising ten laboratory notebooks to The University of Manchester Library. These notebooks will form the basis of an ongoing archive which we intend to grow as a major resource for researchers and to preserve the legacy of this ongoing work.

In addition to this archive we will continue to develop our great collection of historical scientific books. In 2014, we purchased Conrad Gessner’s work on fossils, gems and stones. Published in 1565, it includes the earliest reference to the use of graphite for pencils.

Watch an interview John Hodgson, Manuscripts and Archives Manager and Julianne Simpson, Rare Books and Maps Manager on Gessner’s book:


We are working with academics and students from a number of departments across the University to explore the potential uses of graphene in conservation.

Two postgraduate research students have recently undertaken laboratory testing of various properties of graphene in this context; such as its ability to act as a moisture/gas barrier, its UV-screening capabilities, and its anti-static properties.

Disseminating graphene research

Manchester eScholar offers a set of services to store, manage, and disseminate scholarly work on the web.

The Library has partnered with the National Graphene Institute to develop an eScholar feed that automatically populates and updates graphene publication lists on an hourly basis.

This work both significantly benefits the graphene research community at The University of Manchester through rapid dissemination of its work and provides the international graphene community with instant access to the latest ground-breaking research in this field.

View the latest list of publications on the National Graphene Institute website.