In this recent interesting video taken by the radiation mode microscope of DirectSepa reactor, one can compare the graphene growth modes on liquid and solid copper side by side. https://youtu.be/o1zH9fvrMZU
Our recent joint experiment-theory paper entitled "Graphene at Liquid Copper Catalysts: Atomic-Scale Agreement of Experimental and First-Principles Adsorption Height" (doi: 10.1002/advs.202204684) has been selected as ESRF spotlight.
The LMCat reactor, located at the ID10 beam line of European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) has been selected as a technological spotlight. This prestigious recognition is dedicated to the top technological breakthrough within ESRF community selected by its review committee.
Gertjan van Baarle and Marc de Voogd from Leiden Probe Microscopy are, on behalf of the DirectSepa consortium, visiting the puzzle-X conference in Barcelona. They are there to widen the network and to potentially find and cooperate with a partner to make our high-quality graphene suitable for the specific application of the partner. Their message is: 'think about your applications and let us talk about how we can help to get you the best graphene for your application!' https://www.puzzlex.io/
In September the final components arrived for installing and testing the direct separation from graphene from liquid copper. In Oktober we proved that everything in the setup works successfully. Various separation tools and techniques are going to be tested in the coming months. But for now, nothing can stop our excitement, because everything we do here is unexplored by science and is pushing technical innovation!
DirectSepa consortium is visiting the experimental setup in Leiden and discuss future plans. The consortium discussed various paths for the furture. One is a follow up on the scientific track and study the growth of other materials on LMCats. The other track is further industrializing the production of excellent graphene that we can grow now. With or without direct separation, we believe that the method of growing graphene on LMCats should be industrialized due to its excellent crystallinity.
Leiden Probe Microscopy has prepared a flyer that explains the various R&D reactors that can be bought by universities and research institutes to study the growth of thin layers/2D materials in-situ.