Inaugural Nano Masterclass Success

Masterclass students in the lab

The inaugural Nano Masterclass, run by the NoWNANO DTC and Graphene NOWNANO CDT, took place at the University of Manchester on the 9th March 2016. The event saw 41 A-Level students and their teachers participate in a full day programme consisting of a series of lectures, hands-on sessions and lab tours.

In the morning, the participants received an introduction to the CDT by its Director, Professor Irina Grigorieva. This introduction was followed by inspiring talks, covering topics from the fundamental science of 2D materials up to their technological application, delivered by esteemed academics Professor Sir Konstantin NovoselovDr Aravind Vijayaraghavan and Dr Olga Tsigkou

After lunch participants proceeded to the heart of the event: an afternoon programme where they interacted with CDT student ambassadors through student-led talks and hands-on activities. NoWNANO DTC students Philip Thomas (2013 Cohort) and Stephen Worrall (2012 Cohort) delivered talks on what it means to be a PhD student and some of the wonders of doing research. Graphene NOWNANO students Fiona Porter, Vaiva Nagyte and Richard Stevenson (2015 cohort) ran a hands-on session 'make your own graphene' offering participants the use of research-grade graphite and optical microscopes to produce and identify atomically-thin graphene.

Adam Shorrock (2015 Cohort) and Daryl McManus (2013 Cohort) also led participants in a session focused on graphene applications allowing the participants to explore the (opto)electronic properties of inkjet-printed circuits of 2D materials, and of transparent and flexible commercial graphene films.

Finally, the participants had the chance to observe nanoscience researchers at work, by visiting the Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology in a tour led by CDT students Daniel Kelly (2015 Cohort) and Roshan Krishna Kumar (2013 Cohort).

Participants in the masterclass, students and teachers alike, commented that they thoroughly enjoyed their experience and had a fun time with the hands-on activities and exchanging ideas with active researchers.

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