Graphite, the stuff you find in your pencil, was the starting point for making ultra-thin and extremely strong nanosheets

“Two-dimensional” materials have the potential to make materials lighter and stronger and to make batteries more efficient. But to unlock that potenti(...)

Prof John Boland, who has just landed a €2.5m research grant from the Advanced European Research Council.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘I t’s like throwing spaghetti on a plate.” It’s not often you hear a scientist describing a technique in such accessible culinary terms, but f(...)

Prof John Boland, director of Crann: awarded a €2.5 million research grant by the European Research Council.  Photograph: David Sleator

Prof John Boland, director of the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (Crann) at Trinity College Dublin has b(...)