The National Graphene Institute

As a part of Manchester University, The National Graphene Institute was started in 2013 and finished in 2015. The institute is located in Manchester, United Kingdom, and is the national facility for graphene research in the UK.

The construction of the building was funded both by the UK government and the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund and cost £61 million to build. The purpose of the institute is to advance research into graphene and provide facilities for industry and university academics to collaborate on graphene applications and the commercialization of the matter.

“Backing science and innovation is a key part of building a Northern Powerhouse. The new National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester will bring together leading academics, scientists and business leaders to help develop the applications of tomorrow, putting the UK in pole position to lead the world in graphene technology,” said Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne to University of Manchester.

The impressive project resulted in a five-story building, completely glass-fronted. The building offers 7,600 square metres of research space, including 1,500 square metres of clean rooms in class 100 and 1000. Included in the space are also laser, optical, metrology and chemical laboratories, along with offices, a seminar room and accommodation.

Hudevad Radiators became a part of the project when it was time to decide the heating source. The institute has implemented no less than four different Hudevad Radiators models, including Hudevad P5, Hudevad Plan XV, Hudevad LK, and Hudevad LST Care. The product value was about £45k.

Graphene is a form of carbon consisting of planar sheets which are one atom thick, with the atoms arranged in a honeycomb-shaped lattice. It was first isolated in 2004 by two researchers at The University of Manchester, Prof Andre Geim and Prof Kostya Novoselov, who won the Nobel Prize in physics for this discovery. The institute was established in Manchester for this reason.

“This state-of-the-art institute is an incredible asset, not only to this University and to Manchester but also to the UK. The National Graphene Institute is fundamental to continuing the world-class graphene research which was started in Manchester,” said Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor.

(Top photo courtesy of Manchester University.)