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.
Graphee patenting is one of the most hotly debated topics in science. While graphene itself cannot be patented as it's derived from carbon - a naturally occurring material - many organisations have patented graphene devices and processes.
University academics work alongside industry to bring ground-breaking research and innovation into the commercial world.
Patents are important stepping stones which help the University take inventions from the campus to the market-place, which in turn generates credit for the University in both reputational and monetary terms.
The University of Manchester believes academic partnership with industry and a collaborative approach to research and development is a more logical approach to exploit graphene's superlative properties and realise its commercial prospects.
Patenting isn't just a numbers game it's about quality not quantity.