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Set of five 2D material samples

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Colour photograph of a set of 2D mineral samples made by Manchester Nanomaterials Limited

Set of 2D samples made by Manchester Nanomaterials Limited, 2015. Hexagonal boron nitride, Gallium selenide, Molybdenum disulfide, Arsenic sulfide, Mica. In 2015, these samples were available for purchase on the Manchester Nanomaterials Limited website, making it easier for others to research the properties and potential of 2D materials

This set of five 2D samples demonstrates that the isolation of graphene in Manchester in 2004 opened the door to a new class of 2D materials. In the Wonder Materials exhibition, they featured in a display in the present-day section of the exhibition about Dr Roman Gorbachev, a scientist based at the University of Manchester working on 2D heterostructures – stacks of single-layer materials with different properties which can be used to create bespoke designer materials for specific purposes. These samples of 2D materials for research were accessioned into the Science Museum Group collection in 2016 from a University of Manchester spin-out company called Manchester Nanomaterials. The samples demonstrate the fact that graphene opened a door to a new area of research and provide a snapshot of the status of 2D materials research just over a decade after the first 2D material, graphene, was isolated. In fact, a lot of the research going on at the NGI today is not directly into graphene, but other 2D materials like these. The research and commercial potential of graphene led to large investment in facilities, such as the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at the University of Manchester.

Component DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15180/181004/014