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Cambridge gets £12m for research into 'super- material'

Cambridge University gets £12 million research grant Credit: ITV Anglia

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.

Dementia research gets cash boost

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.