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Prof Monica Craciun

Craciun research news


Conor wins best poster prize at MRE2020

February 2020

Congratulations to our PhD student Conor Murphy who won 1st prize for his poster explaining how GraphExeter outperforms Indium tin oxide (ITO) as flexible transparent electrode in OLED.


Concrene Ltd, our University spin-out is one of the 2019 finalist for the Emerging Technologies Competition

September 2019

We are very proud of our former PhD student Dimitar Dimov, now CEO of Concrene Ltd for being shortlisted among the 2019 finalists for the Emerging Technologies Competition from Royal Society of Chemistry.


Adolfo's paper included in the Physics top 50 articles of 2018

July 2019


We are proud to be in the Top 50 Physics most read articles in Nature Communications

with our paper: Strain-engineered inverse charge-funnelling in layered semiconductors.

The work was done in collaboration with a brilliant group from Russo and Craciun labs.

Read the paper here






Monica Craciun and Dimitar Dimov delivered a TEDx talk

October 2018

Monica gave an overview of the wide gamut of potential emerging technologies enabled by graphene and Dimitar spoke about the potential of graphene in reducing CO2 emissions due to concrete.












Gopika Rajan participates in the Soapbox Science event in Exeter

September 2018


This year our PhD student Gopika Rajan has been talking about graphene and electronic textile at the Exeter 2018 event. This was a very successful with more than 4000 people attending.










Graphene reinforced concrete shortlisted at the New Civil Engineer’s Techfest 2018

September 2018

We are proud to be shortlisted for 2 categories at this year’s - competing with the best innovators in the UK construction industry. Dimitar has presented our work at "Best Use of Technology: Carbon Reduction" category and "Research Development: Creating the Future category".











Janire wins the best poster prize at Trends in Nanotechnology 2018 conference



September 2018

Congratulations to our PhD student Janire Escolar for winning the best poster prize at the Trends in Nanotechnology 2018 (Lecce, Italy) with her poster on laser writable high-k dielectric for nanoelectronics. 













Congratulations to Dr Matt Barnes for receiving his PhD award

July 2018

Matt has succesfully defended his thesis titled "Growth and Oxidation of Graphene and Two-Dimensional Materials for Flexible Electronic Applications". During his PhD work, Matt has published many papers in world leading peer reviewed scientific journals including Science Advances, ACS Nano and Advanced Materials.





Dimitar Dimov on the BBC Radio 5 live science about our graphene-concrete composite

May 2018

Listen to our PhD student Dimitar Dimov who spoke on the BBC Radio 5 live science about our work on nanoengineering traditional concrete with graphene. See the BBC Radio 5 live science podcast. …


Graphene 'a game-changer' in making building with concrete greener

May 2018

The Guardian reports on our work on the incorporation of graphene in concrete.

Innovative new ‘green’ concrete using graphene

We developed a new greener, stronger and more durable concrete that is made using the wonder-material graphene could revolutionise the construction industry

New devices for imaging at ultralow light levels

We have engineered organic-semiconductor–graphene phototransistors which are spectrally selective to visible wavelengths and have record high responsivity and a detectivity. Such devices pave the way for the implementation of low-cost, flexible imaging technologies at ultralow light levels. This study was published in Advanced Materials (2017).


Graphene variants promise new possibilities

News story on our research group was covered in IoP


New technique could revolutionise manufacturing of vital safety equipment








We demonstrated an innovative new technique to use graphene to produce the ultimate photodetectors that could revolutionise the manufacturing of vital safety equipment, such as radiation and smoke detection units. In this study, published in [Science Advances (2017)], we created a new type of photodetector based on GraphExeter that can sense light around 4500 times better than traditional graphene sensors. The discovery could herald a new generation of sensoring and imaging equipment that is more stable in harsh conditions, as well as been smaller and most cost-effective

Congratulations to Dr Adolfo De Sanctis for receiving his PhD award

July 2017

Adolfo has succesfully defended his thesis titled "Manipulating light in two-dimensional layered materials". During the 3 years of his PhD work, Adolfo has published 7 papers in world leading peer reviewed scientific journals including Science Advances, Nano Letters and Advanced Materials.



GraphExeter, one of the nanotechnology highlights of 2016

January 2017

Our recent developments of GraphExeter material for highly efficient flexible displays has been selected by the IoP nanotechnology website as one of the "Highlights of 2016” . Our work features under the most important advancements  in electronics and photonics in 2016, alongside with IBM's developments in neuromorphic computing.

Ground-breaking production method could accelerate worldwide ‘graphene revolution’

We have developed an innovative new cheap and simple mass production technique, which is set to open up the global potential of the ‘wonder’ material graphene.

GraphExeter illuminates bright new future for flexible lighting devices

August 2016

We have pioneered an innovative new technique to make flexible screens more effective and efficient.

Our team discovered that GraphExeter – a material adapted from the ‘wonder material’ graphene - can substantially improve the effectiveness of large, flat, flexible lighting.


Congratulations to Dr Tom Bointon for receiving his PhD award

July 2015

Tom has succesfully defended his thesis titled "Graphene and functionalised graphene for   flexible and optoelectric applications". During the 3 years that he has worked in our group, Tom has published 10 papers in world leading peer reviewed scientific journals including 2 Nano Letters, 1 ACS Nano and 2 Advanced Materials.





Breakthrough in graphene production could trigger revolution in artificial skin development

Phys.Org: Breakthrough in graphene production


Novel graphene production method by Exeter could trigger revolution in artificial skin development


Congratulations to Dimitar Dimov for wining this year's Philip Booth Prize in Engineering!

June 2015

Our BEng studnet Dimitar Dimov has won the 2015 Philip Booth Prize in Engineering for his final year indvidual project work on graphene reinforced concrete. This prize is awarded to a stage 3 BEng/MEng for the best individual project in Engineering.

Dr Ana Neves participates in the Soapbox Science event in Exeter

June 2015

During her spell on the soapbox, Dr Ana Neves amazed the audience with the possibilities of smart textiles and her research into building electronic devices directly onto textile fibres, posing the question, “What if you could make a phone call using your sweater instead of your mobile?”


Graphene holds key to unlocking creation of wearable electronic devices

The World's First Electronic Fabric?

‘Truly’ electronic textile made of graphene for wearable tech

Now, wearable electronic devices, thanks to graphene


GraphExeter defies the Achilles heel of wonder material graphene

Science Daily: Defying the Achilles heel of 'wonder material' graphene: Resilience to extreme conditions

ElMundo: 'Supergrafeno' ultrarresistente



BBC: Exeter scientists make 'electric cloth' GraphExeter

Forbes: Researchers Invent Smallest And Thinnest Microconductor


Technology Strategy Board news: The invisible conductor

Plastic Electronics: UK research advances graphene as transparent conductor



Plastic Electronics:University of Exeter researchers develop graphene photoelectric device

Science Daily: Wearable electronics:Transparent, lightweight, flexible conductor could revolutionize electronics industry

IEEE Spectrum: Inventors Claim Graphene Hybrid Could Revolutionize Electronics Industry

Phys.Org: Graphene and graphExeter combine to create a new flexible, transparent, photosensitive device

Solar Novus Today: Will GraphExeter Revolutionise Wearable Electronics? 

New Electronics: Graphene based material to revolutionise electronics industry 

Nature Asia Materials: Stacking three sheets of graphene together yields a material with unique electronic properties


Highlights of our research in scientific journals




   The article: Electronic transport through electron-doped metal phthalocyanines

   materials by M. F. Craciun et al., published in Advanced Materials 18, 320 (2006)

   has been featured on the cover of the journal.







The paper "Trilayer graphene is a semimetal with a gate-tunable band overlap" by M.F.Craciun at al., published in Nature Nanotech. 4, 383 (2009) has been highlighted in the news of Nature Asia Materials.










The article [Adv. Mater. 24, 2844 (2012)] has been the most downloaded article of the journal and has been featured on the first position in the Advanced Materials Top 40 charts in 2012.







The review Tuneable electronic properties in graphene by M.F.Craciun et al., published in Nano Today, 6, 42 (2011) has been featured in the Science Direct Top 25 Hottest Articles of the year.











The article "Graphene as a substrate for plasmonic nanoparticles [J. Opt. 15, 114001 (2013)] has been selected by the editors of Journal of Optics as a Highlight of 2013