Manchester University’s National Graphene Institute has been awarded £23m by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to help develop the world’s thinnest, strongest, most conductive material. This is one of the largest sums ever awarded by the ERDF. It is in addition to funding the Institute has received from other sources including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the government and The University of Manchester itself.
The National Graphene Institute is set to open in 2015 and create 100 jobs. It will work on realising graphene’s potential to transform a huge number of technologies and applications such as smartphones and ultrafast broadband.
Graphene was first isolated by Professor Sir Andre Geim and Professor Sir Kostya Novoselov in 2004. Professor Novoselov comments: “Graphene has the potential to revolutionise so many different areas of our lives. It is fantastic that the government and ERDF have recognised that with their significant investments.”