TMA Scientists – Pioneers of the Future

Students from Years 8-11 at The Academy have experience of drawing with a pencil, but they might not have known that their pencil graphite could produce graphene- the invisible but incredibly strong nano material “shown” in the photograph.

The Rotary Club of Macclesfield Castle arranged for the students to visit the University of Manchester to join 300 other students for a lecture by Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan, a member of the Graphene team and team leader of the nano functional materials group at the University. The world’s first 2D material was isolated in 2004 by Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov at the University of Manchester, resulting in the two winning the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010.

The students learnt about Graphene: what it is, how it can be made, and, its many uses.
The comments from the students speak for themselves:

*it was made with graphite and sticky tape!
*the world’s thinnest material and one of the strongest
*graphene could be used to make ‘bendy phones’
*it could be used to deliver drugs to target cancer cells
*really exciting to be at the university where Graphene was developed
*I’d like to do nano-research

Mr Hedge thanked Rotary for their generous sponsorship of this exciting visit and paid tribute to students who had taken part in the visit on review day.  “We were so grateful to Rotary for making this event possible.  It was an amazing experience for our students who chose to participate in this event on their review day when they would otherwise have been at home.  They are very enthusiastic scientists and their enthusiasm was rewarded by the opportunity to be at the cutting edge of a truly remarkable development.”