The Shenzhen Geim Graphene Research Center was established in Shenzhen, China in early December. The new center joins other prominent research centers and labs named after and led by Nobel laureates such as Robert H. Grubbs, Shuji Nakamura and Barry Marshall, all pioneers in global science, and technology trends in energy, materials, optics and medicine.

"China is one of the most active countries in the research and application of graphene, and Shenzhen is the most innovative and dynamic place in China. Here, the whole innovation environment and industry development trend make me more willing to participate," said Andre Geim, winner of 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics, which is said to shift his work focus there by personally directing research, industrialization and talent at the lab.