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The Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM) is an institute of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) (Spanish National Research Council) founded in December 1986, that belongs to the Area of Science and Technology of Materials, one of the eight Areas in which the CSIC divides its research activities.


Our mission is to create new fundamental and applied knowledge in materials of high technological impact, their processing and their transfer to the productive sectors at local, national and European scales (the true value of materials is in their use), the training of new professionals, and the dissemination of the scientific knowledge.

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Forthcoming Events


Are colourful photons introvert or extrovert?
Elena del Valle  read more


Landau-Zener-Stückelberg-Majorana interference and dispersive qubit readout
Sigmund Kohler  read more


Exploiting Graphene to stabilize Chromium compounds on Ni(111): from Cr carbide intercalation to high-quality ultrathin Cr oxide overlayers
Alberto Brambilla  read more

A simple means of producing highly transparent graphene on sapphire using chemical vapor deposition on a copper catalyst

Gloria Anemone, Esteban Climent-Pascual, Amjad Al Taleb, Hak Ki Yu, Felix Jiménez-Villacorta, Carlos Prieto, Alec M. Wodtke, Alicia De Andrés, and Daniel Farías

Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is one of the best ways to scalably grow low cost, high quality graphene on metal substrates; unfortunately, it not ideal for producing graphene on dielectric substrates. Here, we demontrate production of a high quality graphene layer on Sapphire using CVD with a copper catalyst. The catalyst consists of a thin copper film grown epitaxially on α-Al2O3 (0001). After CVD growth of Graphene, the copper can be removed by simple evaporation in the presence of a carbon source (C2H4). We characterized the resulting graphene layer using Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), optical transmission and helium atom scattering (HAS). The sample exhibited a reduced Raman D peak and an excellent 2D to G ratio. AFM and HAS show large graphene domains over a macroscopic region. We measured >86% transparency over the visible spectrum.

Carbon, 2018

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