25-Jul-2011

Graphene facility at Exeter

Abstract

The Graphene Centre cleanroom is a purpose-built semiconductor-type facility designed and built by Cleanroom Solutions at the School of Physics in Exeter to explore the possibilities of Graphene, a versatile material that offers a combination of optical, electrical and mechanical properties suitable for applications including microchips and touch screen technology. The £500,000 complex incorporates energy measures to minimise its environmental impact, notably advanced HVAC control of temperature and humidity.

The new processing and optical lithography facility at the Graphene Centre

The UK-based University of Exeter has built a new facility to research a promising material known as Graphene that is just one atom thick. Jan Pyrgies, Cleanroom Solutions, describes the build.

The University of Exeter has established the Centre for Graphene Science in a joint venture with the University of Bath. Graphene is a conductive sheet of carbon just one atom thick and is the building block of crystal graphite. It has been described as one of the most promising and versatile materials ever discovered. It has a unique combination of optical, electrical and mechanical properties suitable for many applications, including microchips and touch screen technology.

The £500,000 complex at the School of Physics in Exeter was designed and built by Cleanroom Solutions to meet the university’s stringent criteria. The facility included a number of ISO class 5 and class 6 rooms with class 5 chemical process benches (wet benches) as well as a fully equipped changing room.

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