Graphene and enterprise

Graphene is just one in a long line of truly groundbreaking, world-changing discoveries made at The University of Manchester.

But we’re not content with being known merely as the birthplace of graphene; we are tirelessly working to ensure Manchester is at the heart of the graphene revolution.

We’re combining our pedigree for innovation and discovery with our speciality in producing the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs. Graphene represents the perfect intersection of these two strands; its potential for commercial uses is almost unending. At Manchester, we have both the scientific and business expertise to make the most of this miracle material.

Your donations can help fund PhD scholarships and further research to make sure these world-changing graphene applications are discovered as soon as possible, so graphene can live up to its full and vast potential.

Meet Seb

At Manchester, we’ve already made headlines with our research into graphene as a ‘sieve’ to desalinate seawater. PhD student Seb Leaper is working on a similar project using graphene membranes, with the aim of providing clean, safe water for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Thanks to donor support, his ideas are getting off the ground.


The miracle material

Graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms which was first discovered on campus in 2010, using just graphite and sticky tape. It’s the thinnest, lightest material known to man, and is about 200 times stronger than steel. It conducts electricity better than copper, has extremely high thermal conductivity and is flexible.

All of this means graphene is the single most remarkable material ever discovered. It has the potential to revolutionise our day-to-day lives.

Inspiring innovation

At our brand new National Graphene Institute, we’re making great progress with many potential commercial and medical applications of this miracle material.

Transport, medicine, electronics, energy, defence, desalination; the range of industries where graphene research is making an impact is substantial.

And this is just the start. With so many possible applications of graphene, the possibilities are endless.

Beyond graphene

We are a hothouse of technological innovation and brilliant original thinking. But we want our world-class minds to have the additional skills and vision to take their research to the world.

Through our Masood Enterprise Centre (formerly called the Manchester Enterprise Centre) within the Alliance Manchester Business School, we’re nurturing the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs, nurturing enterprise into innovative start-ups with limitless potential.

By supporting graphene and enterprise at The University of Manchester, you will be investing in talent that could revolutionise the world as we know it.