Manchester University has teamed up with Amsterdam-based paints and coatings company Akzo Nobel, to investigate graphene oxide-based paints that provide protection against rust and corrosion for large metal structures, such as oil rigs, tankers and bridges.

This collaboration between Akzo Nobel and Manchester University is part of a €1m partnership in corrosion research. Akzo Nobel says graphene oxide could provide an ultra-strong, non-corrosive coating for a wide range of industrial applications. Corrosion in its various forms is estimated to cost the global economy $3 trillion a year. Products to protect against corrosion represent an $18 billion world market.

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