It was researchers at The University of Manchester who first isolated graphene and subsequently won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010. Graphene could revolutionise how humans build and interact with the world around us.
Tough and light composite materials are one of the first examples where the unique properties of graphene revolutionise current products.
Physics Nobel Laureate and Professor of Physics,
The University of Manchester
Manchester has always been the birthplace of revolutionary ideas. It was the centre of the industrial revolution; it’s where modern computing was born and, most recently, where the story of graphene began. Attempts to grow graphene on single crystal surfaces have been on-going since the 1970s, but a reasearch paper submitted by two scientists of the Manchester University in 2004 sparked a global explosion in graphene research. Graphene is now just over a decade old. Manchester is known as the home of graphene with the University collaborating with global partners to exploit the properties of graphene to solve global challenges.