Bulone / The Use of Graphene in Building Construction

The Use of Graphene in Building Construction Potentiality and Questions

Author: Carla Bulone, Politecnico di Milano

Supervisor: Alessandro Rogora, Politecnico di Milano; Jacopo Leveratto, Politecnico di Milano

Research stage: PhD Executive – intermediate doctoral stage

Category: Paper


The research topic revolves around the experimentation of graphene, a bi-dimensional material discovered in 2004 at the University of Manchester, which promises to revolutionize the scientific world at different multidisciplinary levels. From a global perspective, the research focuses on the descriptive and critical study of graphene as a high-tech, performing, versatile material with interesting potential to investigate its scientific knowledge from a theoretical point of view. In detail, this material study will verify the graphene implications in building construction and its plausible effects on architectural design, through design experimentation and in the laboratory, by prototyping a graphene-based application together with raw earth as a building material. The research evolves within a bipartite configuration and operates between Academia and the business company, contributing to the increasingly synergistic dialogue between the two fields of action and combining resources and scientific knowledge for shared purposes.

Keywords: graphene, experimental research, architectural prototyping