In 2015, a mechanical engineer and materials scientist developed an idea that could change the way people think about high-performance structural materials. Two years later, his concept is paying research dividends.
Engineers produced an elusive diamond crystal structure that could revolutionize photonics. This put them on the path to achieving a material that is the 'holy grail of directed particle self-assembly'.
The novel method uses ultrahigh shear forces in a microfluidisation process to exfoliate graphene flakes from graphite. The process converts 100% of the starting graphite material into usable flakes for conductive inks, avoiding the need for centrifugation and reducing the time taken to produce a usable ink.