Manchester leads the way in graphene membrane research

Chancellor George Osborne toured labs at the University of Manchester where he saw research into the use of Graphene in October 2011.
Chancellor George Osborne toured labs at the University of Manchester where he saw research into the use of Graphene in October 2011. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

University of Manchester graphene researchers have been awarded a £3.5m funding boost that could bring desalination plants, safer food packaging and enhanced disease detection closer to reality.

Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the research focuses on membranes that could provide solutions to worldwide problems; from stopping power stations releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, to detecting the chemical signals produced by agricultural pests.

Wonder material graphene was first isolated in 2004 at The University of Manchester by Professor Andre Geim and Professor Kostya Novoselov. Their work earned them the 2010 Nobel prize for Physics.

Graphene is the world’s thinnest, strongest and most conductive material, and has the potential to revolutionise a huge number of diverse applications; from smartphones and ultrafast broadband to drug delivery and computer chips.

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