Loughborough Echo

2D kit will be first in the UK


RESEARCHER­S in cuttingedg­e technology have received a £2 million grant to further their work.

The money will allow Loughborou­gh University to invest in a state-of-art thin film equipment, which will be the first of its kind in the UK.

The new hardware will allow physicists in the School of Science to develop functional nanodevice­s that use 2D materials such as graphene, metal dichalcoge­nides and borophene.

Scientists will be able to create nanometre-sized structures for use in electronic circuits and chips, such as those found in computers, phones and tablets without the need for a cleanroom.

They said next-generation 2D materials could have applicatio­ns in quantum technologi­es and advanced solar energy harvesting devices.

Dr Pavel Borisov, of the School of Science, said: “We plan to use thin films of 2D materials to design novel, nanometre-sized resistors and capacitors that can mimic the way neural cells operate in the mammal brain, for example by changing their resistance and capacitanc­e values after being exposed to series of electric voltage pulses.

“The artificial electronic analogues are very promising for the next generation of electronic devices for artificial intelligen­ce applicatio­ns and would allow energy-efficient operation of neural networks.”

Professor Kelly Morrison, also of the School of Science, said: “It’s exciting to imagine the new physics we will be able to explore with this equipment, such as the developmen­t of 2D metamateri­als that would revolution­ise the next generation of computing.”

The equipment is expected to arrive at the university towards the end of 2022.

The money was granted by the Engineerin­g and Physical Sciences Research Council.

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