Getting a Grip on Graphene with Andréanne Bolduc & Nishat Ambareen
Imagine having a t-shirt that can monitor your heart-rate and self-clean in sunlight… Or how about low-cost solar cells painted onto your roof, or even long-lasting car batteries in electric vehicles that can recharge in minutes?! All of these things can be achieved by using Graphene, the world’s thinnest and strongest material.
Graphene is a single, one-atomic-thick layer of the common mineral graphite, and it’s the first example of a truly two-dimensional material. What sets Graphene apart is its remarkable combination of superior properties which enable a ton of new applications in different fields. It’s tougher than diamond but stretches like rubber, it conducts electricity and heat better than copper, yet completely transparent and it’s the lightest material known to man. It can be used to create products that are lighter, more robust, transparent, flexible and stretchable – the possibilities are nearly endless!
This presentation will introduce you to some of the possibilities of using Graphene in advanced materials technologies, as well as the challenges of researching, developing and marketing such an innovative product. You will gain insights into how applied science, engineering and marketing can come together to create tomorrow’s more sustainable world.
About Andréanne & Nishat
Andréanne is a Research Scientist at Group NanoXplore inc. where she works on developing new ways that Graphene can improve our everyday lives. In 2014 she obtained a Ph.D. in materials chemistry from the University of Montreal where she specialized in electrochromic and fluorescent materials. Her domains of expertise are advanced materials technology and applications in plastic electronics. Andréanne is just back from the Netherlands where she worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Eindhoven University of Technology; her focus in Eindhoven was on organic polymers for photovoltaic applications. When she is not doing chemistry, Andréanne plays classical piano and ukulele.
Nishat earned her degree in Chemical Engineering in 2009 from McGill University. Her first job after school was in Calgary working for a clean tech company focused on efficient combustion and waste heat recovery. In her role as Design Engineer she worked with large international customers to develop customized solutions and and managed projects from conception to commissioning. She also coordinated an innovative lunch time seminar series in support of business development and sales. As an Application Specialist at Group NanoXplore inc. Nishat currently works with customers to help them improve existing products and develop new applications for the wonder material Graphene. When not working on Graphene, Nishat enjoys organizing holiday events and learning to cook at a local community centre.
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