A new understanding of the physics of conductive materials has been uncovered by scientists observing the unusual movement of electrons in graphene.
Research and innovation into advanced materials is a key area at The University of Manchester, focusing on solving some of the world's most critical problems.
Manchester is world-leading at developing new and existing materials for extreme environments.
We also lead the world in characterisation of materials - measuring and exploring materials to help us fully understand their properties - such as graphene.
Facts and figures
- Globally, corrosion costs more than $2 trillion per year (World Corrosion Organization).
- Approximately 3.5 million people die each year due to inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene (United Nations).
- Businesses that produce and process materials make up 15% of the UK's GDP (Policy Exchange).
- Transport accounts for a fifth of the UK's carbon emissions (Department of Energy and Climate Change).
- New nuclear build is valued at £60 billion in the UK (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Department of Energy and Climate Change).
- Just 5.2% of UK energy consumption in 2013 was provided by renewable sources (Department of Energy and Climate Change).
- Deep-sea platforms drill for oil 10km below the seabed, at temperatures of more than 200°F and under pressures of 20,000psi (BP).
- Salt canopies above drilling sites can be taller than Mount Kilimanjaro (BP).
How are we tackling them?
- Single-layer graphene is a million times thinner than a human hair and will revolutionise health care, water and consumer electronics.
- Dalton Nuclear Institute's paper on welding for nuclear new build received more than 230 citations over a decade.
- BP has four senior staff permanently on site at the University, giving them an immediate pipeline to our expertise.
- We're home to the global knowledge base in 2D materials, with over 200 dedicated researchers, two Nobel laureates and more than £170 million of current investment.
- Our 3D characterisation capability is enabling us to study the properties of new protective coatings for materials such as aluminium used in planes.
- An aero engine developed by Rolls-Royce with the University is 25% more fuel efficient than its closest competitor.