2D Materials are just the beginning
We are the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing with 2D Materials (AM2D).
Supported by the Australian Research Council under its Industrial Transformation Research Hub scheme, AM2D brings together Australian Universities, and national and international industries and institutes to research and develop the application of 2D Materials for water treatment, batteries, functional coatings and other key areas of economic and technological interest.
What are 2D materials?
Usually we think of materials as having length, width and height. If you isolate one or a few layers of a crystalline solid than its atomic layer thickness is dwarfed by its planar dimensions. Such a material resembles a piece of paper except that it has nano-scale dimensions. These are 2D materials.
The archetypal 2D material is graphene. First isolated in 2004 by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov (both whilst at University of Manchester), this hexagonal lattice of carbon atoms exhibited extraordinary properties. From extremely high conductivity and strength, and incredible thermal and optical properties, graphene promises to offer enormous potential as a platform technology.
Graphene is one of hundreds of 2D materials. Other promising 2D materials include tungsten disulfide (WS2), molybdenum disulfide, and silicon nitride (Si3N4). Each having their own unique properties and their own potential applications.
What is AM2D aiming to do?
There has been almost a decade of dedicated global research effort into 2D materials, especially graphene. Despite these efforts and the enormous potential of 2D materials, there remains challenges associated with economic bulk scale synthesis and modification, correspondance between the material and the application, and understanding the full life cycle of 2D materials. AM2D seeks to address these issues whilst adding value to Australian mineral and mining resources.
ABOUT OUR LOGO
In 2022, we ran a logo design competition for high school student entrants.
The winner was Jason Kua (Year 9, Camberwell Grammar School, Victoria) whose logo design elements formed the basis for the AM2D logo.
Jason’s logo design elements include
- a gear to represent manufacturing and creation, and
- the hexagon to represent 2D materials.
Bringing these two elements together, Jason envisaged the hexagon shape as a magnifying glass, positioning 2D materials as a window to the technological innovations of the Hub.
Jason was awarded a certificate from AM2D Director Prof Majumder, a $100 gift voucher and a tour of AM2D’s Monash labs (pictured).
Thank you Jason, what a fantastic contribution!