Hello Britta, and welcome to 2D fab! Could you tell us about your background?
– I moved to Sundsvall from Germany just over ten years ago to work at Akzo Nobel. In 2010 I met 2D fab’s CEO Sven at the Mid Sweden University, where I studied to get a master’s degree in chemical engineering. Sven was my mentor, and we did a great lot of research on graphene together. I got my PhD in Engineering Physics in 2017 and now, when I am not working for 2D fab, I am doing research on supercapacitors at the University. Oh, and also, I am a mother. I have two girls, two and four years old – adorable but a handful at times!
We know graphene can increase performance significantly if we manage to find a good way to implement it in batteries.
What does your work at 2D fab entail?
– I work on characterizing graphene, for example by measuring particle size and surface area. I am also researching how we can use graphene in lithium-ion batteries. We know graphene can increase performance significantly if we manage to find a good way to implement it in batteries. It is challenging but fun, I really enjoy working at 2D fab!
What do you think are the most fascinating qualities of graphene?
– I have to say the strength. Graphene in unbelievably strong, even though it is so thin. I am also fascinated by the fact that it is a nano material – which as a group are so hard to specify – with such a large amount of possible application areas.
In what applications do you believe we will find graphene in the future?
– It is hard to predict, but I come from the energy research community and I really believe graphene has a future in energy storage and harvesting. Not only batteries, but solar cells and nanogenerators as well. I also believe in graphene-enhanced polymers. Graphene is such an incredible material, and we, as a community, have not been able to test everything yet. There are so many exciting applications yet to be discovered, tested and developed!