The Graphene Innovation center, a £60 million world-class center dedicated to researching graphene and its applications has been opened in Manchester.
The Graphene Engineering Innovation Center (GEIC) at the University of Manchester will accelerate the commercial impact of graphene and help realize its potential to revolutionize many sectors.
The center received £15 million funding through UKRI’s Research England UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) in 2014, and £5 million from UKRI’s Innovate UK.
Research England’s Executive Chair, David Sweeney, said: “The Graphene Engineering Innovation Center exemplifies our objectives for UKRPIF. Thanks to commitment from other private and public partners, the facility will help the university develop its capacity to undertake world-leading graphene research, build on its already impressive range of real-world applications, strengthen ties with industrial and academic partner organizations, and help leverage considerable investment in UK research and development. The UKRPIF is a key contributor to the government’s commitment to see research and innovation investment rise to 2.4% of GDP, and the center is an excellent example of international partnership and investment that UKRPIF supports and leverages.”
Other partners include Masdar, a renewable energy company; the European Union; and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
As well as academic and technical staff, the GEIC aims to engage with a large number of engineers and innovative SMEs, and has already announced new partners for the initiative.