May SciBar

The Vale Inn

The Vale Inn


Graphene – Unexpected Science in a Pencil Line

Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan is a Reader in Nanomaterials in the School of Materials and the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester.

This is being held during Bollington Festival to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Bollington SciBar which was founded during the 2009 Bollington Festival. 

Graphene is the world’s first 2-dimensional material and the subject of the Nobel Prize winning research led by Prof. Geim and Prof. Novoselov at The University of Manchester.

Graphene was first isolated in Manchester in 2004 using the ‘Sellotape technique’, but the history of graphene dates back over 50 years. Graphene has been studied as a theoretical material since it is the building block for graphite, a material of great technological relevance, especially in the nuclear industry. Graphene is the basis for other carbon allotropes as well, such as the 1-dimensional carbon nanotube and the 0-dimensional fullerene. The research and technology of graphene will be accelerated in the newly constructed National Graphene Institute in Manchester.

Event starts 6.30 pm at The Vale Inn, Adlington Road, Bollington.

As always, anyone from Junior School age onward is very welcome. You don’t need to be an expert. Just bring an inquisitive mind!

Admission is free and as always arrive early to guarantee a good seat.


Monday 13 May


The Vale Inn