The University of Manchester’s innovation company, UMI3 Ltd, has become the latest partner of the multi-million-pound Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC).
UMI3, the University’s technology transfer company, is the fifth Tier One partner of the GEIC, which opened in December 2018.
The GEIC specialises in the rapid development and scale up of technologies using graphene and other 2D materials.
This new collaboration will see University graphene subsidiary Graphene Enabled Systems Ltd manage a technology development laboratory on behalf of UMI3. The facility will be available for all University graphene spin-out companies to use.
Tier One GEIC partnership benefits include access to world-leading expertise and experience along with specialist equipment to aid projects which will accelerate product and process development and market entry.
Andrew Wilkinson is the CEO of UMI3, the technology transfer company which leads the commercialisation of The University of Manchester’s innovations and IP to create global social and economic impact.
He said: “We’re delighted to announce that UMI3 is the latest Tier One member of GEIC, the world’s leading 2D materials development and scale-up facility.
“Commercialising science is fundamental to economic growth. This technology development laboratory, managed by Graphene Enabled Systems Ltd, will help facilitate the proactive approach of the graphene ecosystem in Manchester.”
The GEIC, housed in The Masdar Building on the University’s north campus, complements the National Graphene Institute’s (NGI) international research focus by concentrating on multi-faceted industry-led applications development. The key areas within the new building include pilot productions, characterisation and material development in composites, energy, solution formulations and coatings, electronics and membranes.
Some of the world’s biggest and most influential companies are working with The University of Manchester on graphene applications.