The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded a Fellowship to Dr Artem Mishchenko of the University of Manchester.
Dr Mishchenko from the School of Physics and Astronomy is one among the most promising graphene researchers at the University and is an authority on properties of graphene transport.
Dr Mishchenko is a pioneer in advanced research on graphene and 2D materials, and the £1.2 million award would help him further his original research.
In 2004, graphene had been successfully isolated at The University of Manchester. From then on, other 2D materials have been discovered by researchers. Combining graphene with these 2D materials could help develop designer materials that could be accurately assembled and precisely tuned to obtain specific properties that are desired by the industry.
Dr Mishchenko will utilise his fellowship, and collaborate with Nobel laureates Sir Andre Geim and Sir Kostya Novoselov, and other prominent researchers to advance his research to develop nanomachines and structures. He will be using individual atomic planes in the form of assembled stacks and build the nanomachines layer by layer.
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. - Dr 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.”
Over 235 researchers in 2D materials and graphene are working at The University of Manchester. Approximately 50 industrial partners are collaborating with the NGI and they are conducting research together with the University’s researchers.
The £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) is expected to be completed in 2017, and it could help accelerate commercialisation of graphene products.