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This page highlights some of the technologies under development in CRANN to meet the needs of the manufacturing sector. These technologies are available for license or for development with a collaborative partner for a specific application.

Exfoliation of 2-D Materials

A robust, cost effective process to manufacture large quantities of the thinnest possible platelets – one atom in thickness.
We have recently made a major breakthrough in the manufacture of high aspect platelets. Suitable materials such as Graphene (black in colour) or Boron Nitride (white in colour) are currently being manufactured and tested.

Applications Include:

Optoelectronic devices, use as a strong, light filler material, composites and sending devices.

Single sheet of one atom thick material.

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Diamond Nano Patterning

Diamond patterning technology enables high resolution nano-scale engraving on to the surface of diamond.

This facilitates a wide range of applications specific to diamond in a simple cost-efficient method for the first time.

Applications Include:

Patterning on a wide variety of substrates for anti-counterfeiting.

Schematic of diamond nano patterning technology.

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High Resolution Diamond AFM Probes

The technology solution takes a low resolution diamond tip and creates a high resolution tip from it- using diamond patterning technology.

Applications Include:

Higher resolution AFM imaging.

Tip processed with diamond patterning technology- high resolution tip.

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Uniformly Shaped Metallic 3D-Sculptured Nano-Structures

This novel manufacturing method allows for production of uniformly shaped custom three-dimensionally sculptured nano-structures (helices, zig-zags, etc.) made from metals and high surface mobility materials.

Applications Include:

Sensing, communications, optical devices, energy harvesting and enhanced light adsorption for solar technologies.

Image of nano helical structure manufactured in CRANN.

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Optical Signal to Noise Ratio Measurement Device

This OSNR measurement device provides a cost-effective and robust solution to the in-band OSNR monitoring problem.

Impairments to the signal incurred from the network such as chromatic dispersion, polarization mode dispersion, additional filtering, etc, will not influence the function of the module.

Applications Include:

Optical telecommunications. ONSR is a key parameter for future high speed and transparent optical networks.

OSNR is a key measure of the health of optical networks; particularly those used for optical telecommunications, and is a key parameter for future high speed and transparent optical networks.

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