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National Graphene Institute

National Graphene Institute, exterior shot

About the NGI

The National Graphene Institute brings together the leading edge of fundamental science in 2D materials with the latest equipment and engineering expertise in an unparalleled offer to industry partners.

Collaboration is key at the NGI. More than 100 companies have already partnered with The University of Manchester, working on graphene applications.

These collaborations offer our industrial partners the opportunity to work alongside our world-leading academics and more than 300 people working on graphene and 2D materials.

Examples of NGI collaborative projects:

  • Demonstrations of new concepts, applications and fundamental studies.
  • Demonstrating graphene's potential by producing new concept products and processes.
  • Development of low-cost scalable manufacturing methods for high-quality graphene.
  • Process stabilisation, achieving reproducible quality, high manufacturing yields.
  • Graphene standardisation, quality control and health and safety.



Funding for the NGI includes £38m from the UK Government, as part of £50m allocated for graphene research. The remaining £23m was awarded to the University by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The NGI operates as a 'hub and spoke' model, working with other UK institutions involved in graphene research.

Individual research projects are funded by a number of organisations, including EPSRC, the Leverhulme Trust, BBSRC, the European Commission (EC) and its European Research Council (ERC), and The Royal Society.