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University unveils Viñoly designs for graphene innovation centre

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The University of Manchester has revealed Rafael Viñoly Architects’ designs for its £60 million Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre.

Earmarked for the university’s North Campus, the 8,400m2 building will be used for industry-led innovation and appliations for graphene technology, aiming to accelerate the delivery of products to the marketplace.

The university said the centre was due to open in 2017 and would complement adademic-led work undertaken at the Jestico and Whiles-designed National Graphene Institute, which opened earlier this year.

Prof Colin Bailey, deputy president and deputy vice-chancellor of the university, said Manchester led the world in graphene research and the new centre would be crucial for addressing up-scaling and infrastructure for the ultra-thin carbon’s future development.

‘Alongside the University’s existing world-class facilities in graphene and advanced materials, the GEIC is essential to maintain the UK’s international leadership position in this area and ensure effective commercialisation of a UK discovery,’ he said.

Graphene was first isolated by scientists at the university in 2004. The two-dimensional material is more than 200 times stronger than steel by weight, and has wide applications in the composite and semiconductor industries.

The Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre seen from Mancunian Way

Rafael Viñoly Architects’ design for the University of Manchester’s Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre.

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