There is nothing that the world loves more than wonder materials. If that wonder material is like ‘Graphene’, being touted as the best invention that the world has seen in a very long time, and which is a material that is so flexible, so conductive and so very nearly invisible to the naked eye that it can lead to some wonderful devices with flexible displays, then the technological world will lap it up. One of the most important people working on this new wonder technology is Aravind Vijayaraghavan, a lecturer in nanomaterials at the School of Materials and the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester.
Vijayaraghavan has a BTech from the Department of Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai and a Master of Engineering along with a PhD from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering from the Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy, New York. As a go-to specialist for anything regarding graphene, Vijayaraghavan is also a management board member of the Northwest Nanoscience Doctoral Training Centre. Before graphene can become really useful, and before you can boast of buying a new iPhone made from graphene, there is a lot of research to be done by the likes of Vijayaraghavan. He told Time magazine: “We’re learning new things every day. There is still much we don’t understand, and still plenty of research to be done.”