Academic round-up: US Energy Department gives $4m for bioplastics research, new allotrope of graphene discovered

The US Energy Department has awarded $4m to two universities for bioplastics and biofuel research, scientists have made graphene superconductive using lithium, quantum dots have been used to ‘squeeze’ individual photons and researchers have discovered a new allotrope of graphene. [Read more…]

Iran conducts majority of graphene research in the Middle East

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According to a study by the University of Arkansas, Iran has published 1,160 scientific papers relating to graphene, significantly higher than any other country in the region. Photo: Flickr

Iran has published the vast majority of research papers on graphene coming out of the Middle East, confirms new statistics, as the country seeks to establish itself as a hub of 2D materials research. [Read more…]

Academic round-up: Protecting unstable 2D materials, manufacturing QDs to produce usable light, & embedding metals in graphene

A research team has been able to realise the potential of unstable 2D materials by protecting them with a graphene layer; scientists have developed a new manufacturing process for quantum dots that give off user-friendly light, and a research team has embedded metals in laser-induced graphene. [Read more…]