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12th December 2018, Manchester

£60 million GEIC opens in Manchester

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, officially opened the £60 million Masdar Building which houses the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) at the University of Manchester in the UK on Monday (10 December).

The GEIC complements the National Graphene Institute’s (NGI) international research focus by concentrating on multi-faceted industry-led applications development. The key areas within the new building include pilot productions, characterisation and material development.

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, officially opened the £60 million Masdar Building at the University of Manchester in the UK on 10 December. © University of Manchester

The GEIC will accelerate the commercial impact of graphene and help realise its potential to revolutionise countless industries. It has been made possible by its sponsors Masdar, Research England, Innovate UK, ERDF and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

During the visit The Duke took in an exhibition of the latest graphene products and prototypes including pioneering graphene-oxide membranes for water filtration, graphene composite battery panels, an unmanned aerial vehicle made with graphene-enhanced carbon fibre and a modified BAC Mono sports car with graphene-enhanced composite bodywork.

“This is an excellent place for businesses who may suddenly find that graphene or a 2D material is in their interest, and just from my short visit today, the ideas seem to be limitless in how you can apply them,” Prince Andrew said. “This is going to be a huge industrial transformation which could benefit both humankind and industry and it starts here. I wish you all every success.”

During the visit The Duke took in an exhibition of the latest graphene products and prototypes. © University of Manchester

“The GEIC is a first step to realising a transformation of our wider surroundings,” added Professor Luke Georghiou, deputy president and deputy vice-chancellor of the university. “Manchester was known around the globe as Cottonopolis at the height of the Industrial Revolution – in this century our aim is to be Graphene City – a district where 2D materials and complementary technologies drive jobs and growth.”

The GEIC has already created more than 40 jobs in addition to academics to grow the graphene community to over 300 graphene-related staff at the university. International partners including First Graphene have also located their European-base of operations at the GEIC and have recruited additional staff in Manchester.

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