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Lecture: “Graphite – the new black gold!” by George Reynolds (Metrics Consulting) – November 22nd 2017
November 22, 20175:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Abstract: “Graphite has been known from antiquity as a material for marking and
writing. Although graphite has always been thought of as a low-value product it is a vital element in nuclear technology, electrical components and steel-making. Graphite’s nanothin relative, graphene, is making its own mark in a range of high-tech and ‘green’ technologies, such as solar cells and computer touch screens. Graphite itself is an essential part of the rechargeable batteries needed by mobile phones and laptops and, crucially, the batteries needed for electric and hybrid vehicles. The EU has recently declared graphite a critical material. Commercial deposits are rare, but exploration methods are very effective. Ireland itself has some graphite-bearing rocks … and perhaps the GSI’s Tellus survey will discover more!”
When and where: The lecture theatre in the Geological Survey of Ireland, Beggars Bush, Dublin 4 on Wednesday, November 22nd, between 6:30 and 7:30 pm. Coffee and biscuits will available from 5:30 pm. All welcome.