Cambridge University is to get more than £12 million pounds to help develop commercial uses for the new 'super-material' graphene.
It will be looking into graphene flexible electronics and opto-electronics such as touch screens and other display devices.
Graphene is described as a a kind of two-dimensional carbon which is one of the thinnest, lightest, strongest and most conductive materials known to man.
Now it is hoped that the material will be used in a wide array of industrial and everyday applications, delivering potentially lucrative technological breakthroughs in areas ranging from electronics to energy generation and telecommunications.
Cambridge scientists have been given a financial boost after Alzheimer’s Research UK committed a record amount of money to new research projects.
The dementia research charity pledged a further £5.5m investment in new projects, increasing its current commitment to research to over £20m.
The announcement, which coincides with World Alzheimer’s Day (21 September), includes awards worth £192,112 for researchers at the University of Cambridge.
The cash will allow scientists at the University to study how amyloid and tau – two proteins that are the main hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease – build in the brain and become toxic to brain cells.