NGI, NPL and Oxford Instruments collaborate to develop a turnkey quantum Hall system for graphene characterization

A collaborative project between Oxford Instrument, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at University of Manchester for a turnkey quantum Hall system for graphene characterization and primary resistance metrology has been successfully completed.

The project has been partially funded by the Innovate UK for development of commercial measurement system for nanotechnology applications, reducing operational costs, time and complexity. The quantum measurement system operates at cryogen free low magnetic fields and will enable primary resistance calibrations with unprecedented accuracies to be used by the national (metrology) laboratories and indusrial companies.

JTX demonstrates its graphene filament LED lighting

JTX (officially Shandong Prosperous Star Optoelectronics Co) demonstrated its graphene-enhanced LED lighting bulbs at the Hong Kong lighting fair. These LED lighting devices use graphene coating that aid in heat dissipation and thus contribute to longer lifetime and better efficiency.

JTX graphene bulbs, Hongkong lighting fair 2017 photo

JTX is a relatively new company (established in May 2014 in China) that is involved with the entire LED lighting value chain (from LED chips and filaments to complete light bulbs). In July 2016 JTX was merged with Graphene Lighting PLC that developed the graphene lighting technology in collaboration with Manchester University and the NGI.

The Sir Henry Royce Advanced Materials Center set for green light

Recent updates see the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials, a £235 million plan to create a world-leading center for advanced materials research and commercialization, as set to be given the green light. The University of Manchester's intention is to regenerate a 1.4-acre plot off Oxford Road, next to the new £61 million National Graphene Institute, and it was reported that it is set to go before Manchester City Council's planning committee on Thursday, 9 February 2017.

The Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials is envisaged as an international flagship project encompassing nine key areas of materials research, including graphene, and focusing on the themes of energy, engineering, functional and soft materials. The building would feature 172,233 sq ft of educational floorspace and will be supported by satellite centers comprising the universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London. It is meant to accommodate around 550 scientists and play a prominent role within the university campus.

Graphene dress unveiled in Manchester

A graphene dress was showcased at the Trafford Centre in Manchester. The dress came out of a partnership involving wearable tech pioneers Cute Circuit and the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester.

The dress has, according to its designers, ‘futuristic features including a graphene sensor which tracks the model's breathing, adapting its LED lighting to breathing patterns, and utilizing its translucent graphene circuitry.’ This means that it will change color according to the wearer's breathing rate - glowing purple upon fast breaths while slow and turquoise when breathing slowly.

McLaren unveils a titanium-graphene watch

McLaren, the British racing team/supercar manufacturer, has announced the new RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph Ultralight McLaren F1. The watch's mechanism weighs only 7 grams and the entire watch just 40, with the help of a graphene, titanium and carbon fiber composite.

It was reported that McLaren's Applied Technologies division has been working with the National Graphene Institute on applications for graphene, out of which high-end watchmaker Richard Mille (working in collaboration with McLaren), constructed the three-part case, with the titanium and carbon-fiber movement at its center.

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