The University of Manchester: Investing in graphene

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The University of Manchester campus

The University of Manchester is committed to continuing its investment in graphene research in the city where it was first isolated. The University is now seeking to further enhance its reputation as a centre of excellence for research into advanced materials including graphene.

Home of graphene research

Manchester is a city of technology and resource, knowledge and creativity. It is a city where everyday ideas are brought to life and new discoveries made. At the heart of the city is The University of Manchester - home of graphene research and the centre of emerging graphene applications.

Investing in graphene

With huge investment in graphene and other 2D materials in the form of students, infrastructure, equipment and research, the University is seeking to further its global reputation as an outstanding centre of research.

There has been considerable investment in graphene in Manchester with the £61m National Graphene Institute (NGI) supplementing existing facilities to become the home of graphene research and the £60m Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre (GEIC). Organisations such as; EPSRC, ERDF, UKRPIF, Innovate UK and Masdar, have all demonstrated the global importance of advancing this new material by investing in graphene at The University of Manchester.

Commercial applications

Graphene is a relatively young material, yet the speed of progress being made towards commercial applications is staggering.

The University is currently working with dozens of high-profile companies undertaking world-class collaborative research. The aim is to create a critical mass of academics and industry working alongside one another in a graphene city in the heart of Manchester. This will make the original modern city a revolutionary leader once again.

Both the NGI and GEIC facilities will reinforce Manchester's position as a world-leading knowledge base in graphene research and commercialisation. It's time to change discovered in Britain to made in Britain.

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