Thursday, 3 September 2015

Exclusive: Manchester reveals how the next £60m phase of Graphene Valley will look

The Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre at the University of Manchester will set the standard for showing the best use of the new wonder material. It will also house experts aiming to accelerate taking graphene to the marketplace.

This is how the next £60m phase of Manchester’s Graphene Valley will look.

Along with the £61m National Graphene Institute, which opened this summer and the planned £235m Sir Henry Royce Institute for Materials Research and Innovation, the industry-led centre will be at the heart of graphene innovation in Manchester.

The building, which has been wonderfully designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly, will also be built on the university’s North Campus and will be 8,400 square metres in size. There are plans in place to open 2017. The centre will allow for pilot production facilities and will fund research into other materials.

The university has unrivalled graphene expertise, with more than 230 experts working on the material. Experts are already exploring the potential for bendy phones, tablets and TVs, made from graphene. They say the material could revolutionise the manufacturing of electronic devices.

The centre will be partially funded by £15m from the Higher Education Funding Council England’s UK Research Partnership Investment Fund; £5m from Innovate UK; and £30m from Masdar - the Abu Dhabi based renewable energy company owned by Mubadala. The other £10m will be provided by other research funds and institutions.