The University of Cambridge announce plans to establish a new center for graphene research. The Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) will start operation on February 1st 2013 and the university will open a dedicated facility with state-of-the-art equipment towards the end of 2013.
The UK government gave a grant of over £12 million to support the new center's activities. The CGC will use the money to buy equipment and support projects that aim to develop new mass-production high-quality graphene production processes and some potential applications. The CGC's director will be Professor Andrea Ferrari.
The leading project will research the manufacturability of graphene and other, layered, 2D materials, using CVD. The CGC will also look into "connectivity" applications - with an ultimate vision of creating an internet of things using graphene-based networked devices. Another field of applications under research will be energy store (batteries and supercapacitors).