Bids for £31m ‘Miracle Material’ Graphite Building

Wednesday, 29th August 2012

A fascinating development in a new nanotechnology material that holds enormous possibilities for the construction industry especially in the field of electronics as the government announces funding specifically targeted at graphene research. Graphite is dubbed the new modern miracle material and the University of Manchester in the UK has been at the forefront of graphene research ever since Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov fabricated the single atom-thick sheets of carbon back in 2004. The new substance won its discoverers the Nobel Prize in 2010 and is held out as one of the great finds of the 21st century.


Manchester University is now pressing ahead with plans to build a multi-million pound centre for graphene research and development. The £31m building project will create a national institute of graphene research and commercial development with both researchers and businesses will have access to the facility. The Government is backing the building project, which it hopes will allow Britain to reap the commercial benefits of the discovery.

    Up to 200 times stronger than steel and just one atom thick, graphene is the strongest and thinnest material ever measured, and also the world’s most conductive material. It has a wide range of potential uses, including electronics, flexible touch screens, sensors and composite materials.    

Professor Andre Geim said: "Creating a National Graphene institute here at The University of Manchester would allow our world-class scientists and researchers to further explore the limitless potential of graphene. To have such a facility here is a testament to the expertise at the University and will offer fantastic opportunities for Manchester researchers to work closely with industry and business."


A £1.5m enabling works contract is scheduled to start in the first quarter 2013. The £30m main build should finish in the third quarter of 2014. For further information contact: Steven Ho - tel: 01612752785 or email: