Lucy Sherriff

Lucy Sherriff is a journalist, science geek and general liker of all things techie and clever. In a previous life she put her physics degree to moderately good use by writing about science for that other tech website, The Register. After a bit of a break, it seemed like a good time to start blogging about weird quantum stuff for ZDNet. And so here we are.

Latest Posts

Graphene research: shear forces to sheer displays

Lab tests have confirmed theoretical predictions about the shear and strain that single sheets of graphene can withstand, bringing industrial and commercial applications of the material a step closer.The two-dimensional, hexagonal lattice of carbon has piqued the interest of display and solar cell manufacturers because of its transparency and high conductivity.

February 15, 2012 by Lucy Sherriff


£1.2m for Durham Uni's graphene fab spin out

Under the watchful eye of Dr Karl Coleman who won the 2011 Royal Society of Chemistry's 'Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year', Durham University is spinning out a company to develop the technology for mass production of our favourite two-dimensional material; graphene.The company is betting on its so-called "bottom-up" chemical vapour deposition manufacturing process.

February 7, 2012 by Lucy Sherriff


Clever on-off switch for graphene. Transistors next?

The Manchester University team that first isolated graphene has discovered a way of introducing a band gap into the material that makes it a much more promising candidate for building transistors.Graphene is famous for its astonishing list of useful characteristics – especially its conductivity.

February 3, 2012 by Lucy Sherriff

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Scientists propose self-cooling nano-speaker for MRIs

Theoretical physicists working at Harvard and the Joint Quantum Institute in the US have joined forces with their Danish colleagues at the Niels Bohr Institute, to design a nanoscale loud speaker that could help make MRI scanners smaller, and might one day find a use in a future quantum computer.The 'speaker' they have conceived still needs to be tested experimentally.

January 26, 2012 by Lucy Sherriff


Buckyballs get spintronics cash injection from ERC

Graphene might be stealing all the headlines, but other forms of carbon are still making waves in the emerging field of spintronics.So says researcher Michel de Jong, based at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

January 22, 2012 by Lucy Sherriff


Swedish team's graphene mixer opens up THz possibilities

Researchers at Sweden’s Chalmers University have built a CMOS compatible graphene based electronic mixer – a device that combines multiple input signals into one or two composite outputs – that already works at microwave frequencies and could be extended to the terahertz range.Jan Stake, professor of the research team says that the performance of the mixer can be improved by further optimising the circuit, and improving the on-off ratio.

January 3, 2012 by Lucy Sherriff


Non-stick graphene makes anti-glare breakthrough

A collaborative project between Singapore and UK researchers has revealed another useful property of graphene; it can offer protection from laser pulses.Scientists at the National University of Singapore, DSO Laboratories and the University of Cambridge were investigating ways of blocking graphene’s natural tendency to stack and form the more familiar graphite – that’s pencil lead to you and me.

January 2, 2012 by Lucy Sherriff