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Turning methane into graphene – from gas to ‘black gold’

last modified Dec 11, 2014 12:50 PM
Turning methane into graphene may seem like modern-day alchemy but that is what Cambridge Nanosystems is successfully doing – and at a scale that will soon increase 100-fold.


The company, based at ideaSpace West, is a Cambridge University spin-out and its chief scientist and co-founder, Catharina Paukner, was dubbed “the first lady of graphene” in an article in The Sunday Telegraph.

Cambridge Nanosystems has developed a ground-breaking new method of producing ultra-high-quality, impurity-free graphene in high volumes. It is due to open a factory in 2015 that can make up to five tonnes of graphene.

Catharina told the newspaper: “It’s mind-blowing to think that not long ago, it was only possible to make a ladleful in a year. Now we can make enough to fill a whole building. And we have the capacity to increase that 100-fold.”

Cambridge Nanosystems uses a patented plasma system to turn biogas into graphene. The company is collaborating with world-leading companies and academic experts to develop materials into advanced designs to transform global manufacturing processes and potentially revolutionise a wide range of consumer and industrial products.

Catharina said: “The possibilities are endless.”

The new Cambridge facility could make graphene available to scientists in large quantities. Catharina said: “I want other people to fulfil their dreams, just as we are fulfilling ours.”

To read the full article in The Sunday Telegraph see here

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*Photograph courtesy of Cambridge Nanosystems and The Sunday Telegraph

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