Graphene could help reduce the energy cost of producing heavy water and decontamination in nuclear power plants by over one hundred times compared with current technologies, University of Manchester research indicates.
The Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) will fill a critical gap in the ecosystem for graphene and 2D material research, development and application in the UK. The University's second world-class multi-million pound graphene-focused centre will see industry-led development in applications through partnership with academics.
Set to open in 2018, the £60m GEIC will be an international research and technology facility. The GEIC will offer the UK the unique opportunity to establish a leading role in disruptive technology that spans a number of industrial sectors. The GEIC will focus on pilot production and characterisation.
Areas of application development will include:
- The GEIC will stimulate the commercial redevelopment of the University's North Campus, creating a cornerstone for Graphene City®.
- The campus is located just yards from HS2 at Piccadilly Train Station and the proposed HS3 link across the North.
- The NGI and GEIC will also be complemented by the proposed Sir Henry Royce Institute for Materials Research and Innovation.