A Manchester MP was given a tour of the ‘home’ of graphene to see how scientists and industry are collaborating to find innovative new applications for the material.
Afzal Khan, MP for Manchester Gorton, was shown around the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) at Manchester University, a multi-million-pound facility that provides industry-led development in graphene applications.
“The GEIC has a remarkable success rate in delivering new projects,” said Khan.
“It is a truly world class facility supported by experienced and knowledgeable applications engineers and internationally renowned academics, working across a broad range of novel technologies and applications.
“Everyone involved in establishing the centre’s enviable reputation deserves immense credit for what they have achieved.”
The GEIC helps companies progress and launch new technologies, products and processes that exploit the pioneering properties of graphene – a form of carbon – and other 2D materials.
Khan was given a tour by professor James Baker, chief executive of Graphene@Manchester, and met with application managers, and technical specialists engaged in the use of tangible samples and cutting-edge equipment that bring products and applications to life.
He also held informal discussions with professor John Holden, the university’s associate vice president for special projects, and professor Richard Curry, the vice dean of research and innovation.
Baker said: “The University of Manchester is proud to be known as the home of graphene. It is where it was first isolated by our researchers in 2004 and is the world’s first breakthrough 2D material.
“Through GEIC, we offer a dedicated translation centre that helps SMEs bridge the gap from lab to market – something that is not replicated anywhere else in UK academia.
“Our two-tier membership model also allows us to work on short feasibility projects, through to a long-term strategic partnership with multiple projects in different application areas.
“It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Khan to the centre to be briefed about some of the innovative work we are involved in, and to talk about our ongoing collaborations with major partners including the UAE, and the Department for Business and Trade.”
To date, the GEIC has delivered more than 350 successful projects for over 200 companies and supported more than 50 spin outs.
Main image: Dr Vivek Koncherry (left), chief executive of Graphene Innovations Manchester, with Afzal Khan MP
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