Graphene and the enlightenment of the global media
Two recent research successes involving the new super material Graphene have gained much attention in both Swedish and international media. The Swedish Svenska Dagbladet, Science Daily and the Economist are but a few who have published articles on the research which may lead to cheaper and fully recyclable lighting. A separate research project on using graphene to replace silicon in computer processors has also garnered significant media attention.
The invention which the Economist focussed on, which paves the way for glowing wallpaper made entirely of plastic, for example, was published in the scientific journal ACS Nano by scientists at Linköping University and Umeå University, in Sweden, and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in the USA.
Dr Nathaniel Robinson, who is part of the Linköping University team, believes the news stories about glowing wallpaper have had such an impact as they concern something people find easy to relate to.
“This is the same reason medical research often gains much more attention than research within the technology sector. Our graphene research is very topical in that the end product is money saving and beneficial to the environment.”
He also welcomes the attention in terms of commercialisation of their research.
“We have received a lot of interest from various companies, for example in the lighting sector and in the wallpaper industry. The next step for us is to develop the research towards a product and to facilitate this we have set up a company, Lunavation”, says Dr Robinson.
Mikael Syväjärvi, who is part of the team that published their findings on the use of graphene in areas where silicon has traditionally been used, is not surprised that their results gained the attention of the world’s media.
“Both me and Prof. Rositza Yakimova, who heads this research, imagined from our contribution in a publication in Nature Nanotechnology in January that there would be an echo on the findings of our process to manufacture high quality graphene. We have built up the research during several years”, he says.
“The possible applications of graphene are so many, and could contribute to profound advancements in the future technologies in the society. The attention from media reflects these possibilities”.
Further information can be found in the original news stories about these research projects.
The Science Daily and Economist articles can be found at:
Last updated: 2010-03-05