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Pathmaker and Pathfinder


The GEIC also offers a non-membership consultancy-type package for companies interested in exploring early stage graphene applications in their business.

The Pathmaker is a desk-based study, designed to gather the relevant data and information available around a proposed project. This type of project will take in academic expertise where applicable, and may include a minimal amount of preliminary lab work at the GEIC.

Overseen by one of our Application Managers, the Pathmaker is a low cost, high-value piece of work that can lay the groundwork for future feasibility or long term R&D projects.

Pathmaker projects start at £40,000 (exc. VAT), with delivery typically within 2-6 months.


Our Innovative Pathfinder scheme has been developed to help established companies explore, identify and initially scope/understand novel products, technologies and/or services that may benefit from the incorporation of 2D materials.

This activity involves a small working group of three or four technical experts and an Innovation Lead from the GEIC, who will work with up to six staff from the commissioning company in a number of private workshops hosted at the GEIC.

This is great opportunity to access world-class academics and our highly experienced Applications Specialists, and to identify, scope and develop new concepts for established companies with existing products and processes.

The workshops operate as follows:

Workshop 1 – Overview of potential for 2D materials in domain of interest; overview of potential interests; initial scoping of work.

Workshop 2 – Present initial concepts/proposals, review and refine to reduce many opportunities to a few.

Workshop 3 – Present/review most likely opportunity and scope. Identify benefits and risks etc., and likely work programme to develop appropriate product/service/solution. The deliverables of the Scheme are primarily defined by the three workshops, but will also include a short final report (and very occasionally a prototype).

For more information about our either our Pathmaker or Pathfinder scheme, please contact us.