Press Release
Athens, 15 November 2012

“Graphene: from a conceptual material to a material of the future”
An interesting lecture from Prof. Costas Galiotis at the NCSR “Demokritos”


On Thursday, November 15th 2012, Prof. Costas Galiotis, Director of the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences of the Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (FORTH/ICE-HT) and Professor in the Department of Materials Science at the University of Patras, visited the NCSR “Demokritos” and gave a speech under the title: “Graphene: from a conceptual material to a material of the future”.

As part of the lecture series “Research, Innovation and Development”, organized by the NCSR “Demokritos”, Prof. Costas Galiotis spoke about the “material of the future,” graphene. Graphene is a 2D material made of carbon atoms arranged in a beehive-shaped pattern. This simple semi-metal, which is considered to be the best conductor of heat and the thinnest material known to man, is 100-300 times stronger than steel and can conduct electricity better than silicon.

Graphene, although was well known as a concept structure (platform) for many years, there haven’t been any practical applications of it until a few years ago. It was October 2010, when the Russian-born scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for their "groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene". In his lecture, Prof. Galiotis, National Representative of Nanotechnology for Greece in the Seventh Framework Programme for EU Research, spoke about the technological revolution due to graphene and presented a wide variety of devices that can be constructed by this material. For instance, some innovative applications of graphene are its use in DNA sequencing, in the production of graphene-based ink, screens and impermeable membranes, as well as in the development of nanocomposite materials.

Finally, Prof. Galiotis, presented the activities of his University of Patras research team, where a major part of FORTH’s Graphene Centre research is carried out. Also, he discussed with Dr. Nikos Kanellopoulos, Director and President of Board of Directors of the NCSR “Demokritos”, and other members of the Center’s research community about the prospect of the Center’s participation in this national effort to develop graphene-based products.

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