Science AMA Series: We’re the NanoHAC group from Imperial College, here
to talk about graphene, nanotubes, and other really small materials.
Hi Redditors! We are the Nanostructured Hierarchical Assemblies and
Composites group, aka NanoHAC, from Imperial College London.
Nanomaterials, in particular graphene and carbon nanotubes, have
exceptional properties as individual nanoscale objects but there are a
ton of challenges in exploiting their characteristics in usable,
real-life, macroscopic materials. Our research uses chemistry and
engineering to tackle the hurdles inherent in the processing and
assembly of these materials, from purification, to changing their
surface chemistry, to making composites, to creating hybrid
nanostructures, and much more. Here to answer your questions are Dr Adam
Clancy (nanotube processing, functionalisation and assembly), Dr Noelia
Rubio Carrero (the same, but with graphene), Sandra Fisher (studies the
nanomaterials in nanocomposites), Dr Hannah Leese (turning nanomaterials
into components for electronics), and Dr Hin Chun Yau (self-assembling
nanomaterials into structures). We are here to answer any questions you
have on carbon nanomaterials, their uses and future directions, being a
scientist, music, baking the ideal lemon drizzle cake, the best pubs in
London, or anything else you fancy! We’ll be answering questions from
1-3 pm ET (or 5-7pm GMT for us here in the UK), so feel free to ask us
anything! EDIT: Hi all, we’re packing up for the night. If you have any
more questions, feel free to ask and we’ll try to answer them.