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Graphene research boosted by planning consent win

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Jestico + Whiles has received planning permission for the National Graphene Institute in Manchester

Research into graphene, dubbed a ‘miracle material’ because of its remarkable properties, has been given a boost as the Jestico + Whiles-designed National Graphene Institute in Manchester was granted planning approval.

Comprising a single layer of carbon atoms, graphene is the world’s thinnest, strongest and most conductive known material. Also very flexible, it has imense potential in IT, medicine, construction and energy. Isolated by professors at the University of Manchester in 2004, the material attracted £60 million of government funding into its applications last year.

The National Graphene Institute will be in the University of Manchester’s science quarter and is expected to open in 2015.

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