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Industrial Measurement & Characterisation of Nanocarbon & 2D Materials

Graphene and other 2D materials are set to revolutionise the electronics and materials worlds in the next 20 years. New devices and components need to be developed with great repeatability at the atomic scale to ensure commercial success. It has been identified in several industry workshops run by the TSB and the KTN’s this year that process control and metrology is urgently needed by UK industry to differentiate its products through quality. Such an example is the reduction in sheet resistance of graphene which opens up many new possible applications when it is minimised. Companies need to carefully specify and compare supplier materials, quantify film quality, refine manufacturing processes and evaluate the performance of products effectively for maximum effect. Inevitably, there are several key techniques for the characterisation of graphene and 2D materials on surfaces and in liquid dispersions. This event will look at these tools and ways to apply them which are useful for UK industry in a beneficial way.

This event will provide useful information on the best measurement practise currently and an opportunity to network and meet with suppliers and integrators of 2D materials as well as seeing practical instrument demonstrations and a tour of the NEXUS facilities at the University of Newcastle.


9.30    Registration, Refreshments & Exhibition

10.00    Welcome & Introduction
Prof Nick Wright, Pro-vice Chancellor, Newcastle University & Dr James Johnstone, Theme Manager, NanoKTN

Session 1: Production & Process Metrology

10.15    Keynote: Production of Nano-carbons – Manufacturing & Characterisation Challenges
Paul Ladislaus, Senior Process Engineer, Advanced Materials Division, Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd

10.50    Towards On-line Metrology Tools for Applications of Ultra Thin Films
Prof Liam Blunt, University of Huddersfield

11.10    Break, Networking & Exhibition

Session 2: Microscopy Techniques

11.40    A Complementary Approach to the Chemical & Structural Characterisation of Carbon Nanomaterials using Raman & X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopies
Dr Tim Nunney, Product Manager – Marketing, Thermo Fisher Scientific

12.00    Scanning Probe Advances for Characterising Graphene Properties at the Nanoscale
Drew Murray, Sales Manager, UK, Ireland, Benelux, Scandinavia, Bruker Nano Surfaces Division

12.20    Surface Characterisation of MoS2 using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy
Dr Adam Roberts, Kratos Analytical Ltd

12.40    Lunch, Networking & Exhibition (optional tour of NEXUS Facilities)

Session 3: Ion & Molecular Beam Analysis of Nanocarbons & 2D Materials

14.00    Extracting sp2:sp3 Ratios from the XPS Analysis of Graphene & other Nano-Carbons
Dr Anders Barlow, Research Associate, NEXUS XPS Facility, Newcastle University

14.20    The Challenges of Processing & Characterising Graphene for Printing Applications
Harry Cronin, DZP Technologies

14.40    Break, Networking & Exhibition

Session 4: Support Measures for Commercialisation of 2D Materials

15.10    Graphene and 2-D Materials: Measurements and Standards
Dr Andrew Pollard, Surface and Nanoanalysis Group, National Physical Laboratory

15.30    Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Christine Younger & Fiona McCusker, KTP Managers, Newcastle University

15.50    Close

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A discounted rate of £50 + VAT will be charged to members of the NanoKTN & JEMI UK. The standard cost is £80 + VAT.

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Join Meritics, Malvern Instruments & Kratos in the table top exhibition which offers unique opportunities to show-case your products and services. Click here to learn more about the exhibitors.

Exhibitor Package – only £150 +VAT members or £200 non-members

  • 1 delegate pass
  • Space for 2 banner stands
  • Table for literature and/or product demonstration
  • A4 delegate pack insert
  • Logo & 50-word profile on website

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This event is supported by JEMI UK.


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