The Universidad Presbiteriana Mackenzie, in Sao Paulo, Brazil decided to open a new center for graphene, nanomaterials and nanotechnology center. The MackGrafe will be Brazil's first graphene research lab, and it will open in the first half of 2014.

The total investment in the new graphene centre is about $15 million. It is being funded by the Sao Paulo State Research Support Foundation, or Fapesp. The focus of the research at MackGrafe will be on new methods to produce graphene.