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.
On Decemeber the 10th 2014, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne paid a visit to the National Graphene Institute (NGI).
The Chancellor was shown state-of-the-art cleanrooms and laboratories at the £61m NGI by Nobel laureate Prof Sir Kostya Novoselov and signed one of the 'writable' walls in the world's leading centre for graphene research and commercialisation.
The NGI opened in the first quarter of 2015, and is intended to allow academics and industry to work side by side on the applications of tomorrow. The Government provided £38m, via the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), with the remaining £23m provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).