|Carbon Nanomaterials II (Graphene)
Graphene is a monolayer of SP2 carbon or a single layer of graphitic carbon. The Nobel Prize in 2010 has spurred great interest in this material, which has even generated numerous articles in the mainstream media over the past year. The UK also announced a GBP 50 million grant in the fall of 2011 to develop a technology hub in the country where it was first isolated. Graphene has remarkable physical and electronic properties, and a focal point of basic research today is to develop it into an electronic device material of the future. The next critical step is to develop viable processes for commercial production. We report on a range of developments. The newsletter also provides some coverage on developments in carbon nanotubes.