A new study from CQC2T PhD student Tobias Vogl and CI Prof Ping Koy Lam from ANU has found a number of 2D materials can not only withstand being sent into space, but potentially thrive in the harsh conditions. It could influence the type of materials used to build everything from satellite electronics to solar cells and batteries – making future space missions more accessible, and cheaper to launch.

PhD candidate and lead author Tobias Vogl was particularly interested in whether the 2D materials could withstand intense radiation.

“We found most of these devices coped really well. We were looking at electrical and optical properties and basically didn’t see much difference at all.”

During a satellite’s orbit around the earth, it is subject to heating, cooling, and radiation. While there’s been plenty of work done demonstrating the robustness of 2D materials when it comes to temperature fluctuations, the impact of radiation has largely been unknown – until now.

The research has been published in the journal Nature Communications.