Riptron, a spin-out company from the University of Manchester, has entered a partnership with China-based Tunghsu Optoelectronics to advance graphene sensors designed to measure the quality of air. The graphene-based sensors are expected to enter mass production shortly following the partnership between the two companies.

In this context, Riptron will secure around £1 million investment over two stages from Tunghsu Optoelectronics.

Riptron was founded by two scientists – Dr Max Migliorato and Dr Rakesh Kumar from the University of Manchester’s electrical and electronic engineering department. The spin-out of Riptron has been backed and pushed forward by the university’s intellectual property arm, UIMP and Graphene Enabled.

Migliorato said: “I am thrilled that a company of the reputation of Tunghsu has showed such enthusiasm for our sensor technology, which was entirely developed at the University of Manchester. I am also confident that, together, we are going to make a global success of graphene electronic products.”

Tunghsu Optoelectronics, which is one of the leading players in the Chinese graphene industry, will work with Riptron and The University of Manchester to add the new variety of air quality sensors to its graphene portfolio.

Kumar said: “I believe working together we can provide a technology solution for real-time air-quality mapping to help the local governments introduce new levels of environment, health and safety regulations.”



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