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IET Cambridge Innovation Lecture 2008: 'Graphene - Beyond Silicon’

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IET Cambridge Local Network presents its Annual Innovation Lecture, ‘Graphine – Beyond Silicon’, by Dr Ernie Hill, Director of the Manchester Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Manchester, on Wednesday 29th October 2008 at 6:30pm (refreshments at 6:00pm) at the Wolfson Theatre, Churchill College, Storey’s Way, Cambridge. All welcome.


Since its discovery in 2004 at the University of Manchester graphene has been exciting much research interest worldwide. It is a true two dimensional crystal consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms in a honeycomb structure that was originally thought to be unstable in the free form. Its unusual electronic properties make it a candidate for making switching devices in logic circuits once device dimensions fall below about 10nm. This is expected to happen between 2015 and 2020.

Ernie Hill

Dr Ernie Hill joined the Electrical Engineering Department at VUM in 1981 and started work on thin film bias magnets for MR sensors with Prof. G.R. “Pete” Hoffman where we produced the first AMR sensors biased with sputtered magnetic thin films.

He has been working on nanostructured thin films for magnetic sensors and their applications since then and is now a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and a Director of the Center for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology in the EPS Faculty at the University of Manchester. His current research interests are in low noise magnetic sensing devices, graphene spintronic devices and patterned data storage media. He has published over 100 articles and papers on thin magnetic films, magnetic sensors and related topics.

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