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The potential uses for graphene are endless and staff at the GEIC are working on projects with companies across a range of industries. Included below are some of the high-level categories in which we currently have active projects.

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LIG Nanowise specialise in the production of market leading optical instruments using microsphere lenses. They engaged with the GEIC to understand how the use of graphene could enhance these industry-leading products.
Company

LIG Nanowise

Industry

Optics, microscopy, advanced microsphere lenses 

Date engaged

May 2019

Background

What does LIG Nanowise do?

LIG is an optical instrumentation company who specialise in building market leading optical instruments using microsphere lenses. We’ve been in business since 2015.

Who are your typical customers?

We typically sell to industry and academia across multiple sectors, including: advanced materials, semiconductors, graphene and mineralogy.

How did you discover the GEIC?

Our team have previously worked with the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at the University and they introduced us to the GEIC.

The challenge ...
Why did you initially engage with the GEIC?

Essentially, to access the GEIC’s industry leading expertise in the graphene space and use the centre to enhance our product offering.

What are you looking to improve in the product?

LIG are looking to see where their novel optical microscope technology can be useful in the optical inspection of graphene.

What do you hope graphene will deliver for your business?

The expertise and sample types to explore the application of super-resolution optical imaging in the graphene space.

“Working with the GEIC allowed us to access industry and academic expertise quickly and efficiently. The GEICs support enabled us to rapidly progress our research into optical graphene imaging and created some stunning images. We are excited to see where we go next.”

Daniel Lonsdale, LIG Nanowise
The engagement ...
How did the company engage with the GEIC?

Our team worked closely with the application specialists at the GEIC to image a variety of graphene samples.

What exploratory work and testing was completed?

Super-Resolution optical imaging, new optical techniques to image sample ageing and graphene formation on different substrates. 

Describe any prototypes that were created

None at this stage of the project.

The outcome ...
As a result of the phase 1 work, what was produced?

A series of optical images showing fine detail and features on a range of graphene samples and products which would be difficult to observe using conventional optical microscopes.

What findings were discovered from the project?

That our NANORO product range allows the imaging of graphene samples in full colour at a resolution that is normally reserved for SEM.

How will these finding help commercialise the product?

With this knowledge we can now approach new market opportunities and engage with academics / industries within the graphene and 2D materials landscape.

Next steps ...
What steps are required to take this to a commercial product?

This is a commercial product, we are looking to open new markets for the company.  We are also investigating options for a new tool utilising spectroscopic methods.  

How has engaging with the GEIC prepped you?

This will now open the doors to new markets including, but not limited to, graphene and 2D materials academics and industries.

What are the timescales to get to a commercial product?

Our products are available now and with this research completed, we can now explore opportunities within the graphene sector.