Five years since ekosgen worked on the business cases for the University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute (NGI) and Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC), hundreds of researchers are exploiting the innovative new material at these world class centers, partnered with over 80 companies.
One-atom thick graphene was first isolated and explored in 2004 at The University of Manchester by two researchers who went on to receive a Nobel Prize in Physics for their work. The potential uses are vast including in transport, medicine, electronics, energy, defense and desalination.
The £61m National Graphene Institute - opened in 2015, the new £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre and the £235m Sir Henry Royce Institute for Materials Research and Innovation, set to open in 2019, along with hundreds of researchers are helping create the infrastructure needed to achieve the Universities’ vision to create Graphene City made up of scientists, manufacturers, engineers, innovators, investors and industrialists to build a thriving knowledge-based economy.
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