The University of Manchester‘s Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov first isolated Graphene in 2004 and won the 2010 Nobel prize in physics. Graphene is the thinnest material known to man, with amazing properties which mean it has unlimited potential for integration in almost any industry. The National Graphene Institute (NGI) was opened in 2105 to facilitate collaborations which are key to realising the potential of graphene.
The five-storey, £61 million building, was designed using pioneering techniques to incorporate ultra-high specification facilities throughout to create a world-leading research hub. At 7,825 square metres and with £13m of state-of-the-art equipment, the National Graphene Institute is the world’s largest academic space of its kind solely dedicated to graphene research.
The NGI works with other UK institutions involved in graphene research and offers its industrial partners the opportunity to work alongside world-leading academics and more than 300 people, who are working on graphene and 2D materials.