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Emerging Materials

Our ground-breaking research in emerging materials is paving the way for transformative technologies.

What we do

Emerging materials and devices are at the core of our research in the Emerging Technology and Materials group.

We integrate new materials in smart and sustainable ways, by leveraging our expertise in material design, synthesis and production.

Our aim is to tailor high-performance devices to specific applications, that are:

  • fast
  • small
  • low energy

With the freedom to adapt and innovate, our fabrication facilities allow us to explore creative ways to develop the next generation of devices.

What are emerging materials?

Emerging materials stem from a field of research that’s focused on the design, production and understanding of novel materials with ground-breaking properties.

Tuning material properties based on specific applications has always been fascinating and challenging. Electronic devices have become a part of modern life, and they continuously demand new materials with improved functionality. These include:

  • mobile phones
  • wearable sensors
  • intelligent implants
  • smart cities

Emerging materials could have a profound impact across many aspects of our lives. Material applications can include:

  • low energy electronics and photonics
  • advanced composites
  • energy and manufacturing materials
  • 2D materials

Our research

The 21st century has seen the birth of a new direction of research based on novel 2D materials, such as:

  • graphene
  • boron nitride
  • transition metal dichalcogenides

These novel 2D materials have become one of the most exciting directions in research, thanks to their extraordinary mechanical, electrical, optical and thermal properties.