Sneak peek at the GEIC

The Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) at The University of Manchester has celebrated a key milestone in its construction.

The first phase of the building has now been handed over to the University ahead of the installation and fit-out of equipment. Additional works are already underway to fit out the laboratories ahead of the centre opening later this year.

This is the first look at the newly completed £60m Centre, which will be housed in The Masdar Building, which will accelerate the commercial pace of graphene and 2D materials in Manchester.

The GEIC will focus on industry-led application development in partnership with academics. It will fill a critical gap in the graphene and 2D materials ecosystem by providing facilities that focus on pilot production, characterisation, together with application development in composites, energy, solution formulations and coatings, electronics and membranes.

Along with the National Graphene Institute and the £105m Henry Royce Institute building (set to be completed in 2019) the GEIC will be crucial in maintaining the UK’s world leading position in advanced materials.

The GEIC will also act as the cornerstone of the University’s vision to create a Graphene City in the heart of Manchester, made up of; scientists, manufacturers, engineers, innovators, investors and industrialists to build a thriving knowledge-based economy.

James Baker, CEO Graphene@Manchester, said: “The GEIC is a key component of the University’s strategy for Graphene@Manchester. The centre’s aim is to accelerate the commercialisation to real-world applications to transition graphene and other 2D materials from the lab to the marketplace.”

The GEIC is a key component of the University’s strategy for Graphene@Manchester. The centre’s aim is to accelerate the commercialisation to real-world applications to transition graphene and other 2D materials from the lab to the marketplace
James Baker, CEO Graphene@Manchester

“As both the renewable energy company of Abu Dhabi and the principal funder of the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre, we’re thrilled to witness the handover of the first phase of this unique collaborative project, strengthening as it does the close business, academic and cultural ties between Abu Dhabi and the city of Manchester,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar.

“The GEIC will position the United Arab Emirates at the heart of a critical knowledge industry and complement Masdar’s strategy to participate in the application of advanced clean technologies as soon as they show commercial potential,” Al Ramahi added. “Moreover, the GEIC will enhance ongoing collaboration in graphene research between the University of Manchester and the Masdar Institute, part of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi.”

Liam Cummins, Head of UK Building for Laing O’Rourke said: “We’re delighted to hand over this fantastic facility on time and on budget for The University of Manchester and its funding partners.

“It’s also exciting to have completed our first project as part of The University of Manchester Construction Partnering Framework and we’re keen to take the momentum into our next project on the framework; the The Sir Henry Royce Institute.”

Diana Hampson, Director of Estates and Facilities at The University of Manchester, said: “This building plays an important role in The University’s Campus Masterplan, creating a world-class facility of benefit to our researchers. The GEIC will help consolidate The University of Manchester’s status as a world-leader in graphene and related 2D materials research.”

Mel Manku, Arcadis Partner and UK Regional Sector Leader, Education said: “The Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre will allow Manchester and the UK to take a truly world-leading position in graphene and other 2D materials..

“The city of Manchester and wider Northern Powerhouse region are at the forefront of generating prosperity outside of London, and critical facilities like this will lead the world in terms of research and innovation. Arcadis are extremely proud to have worked with the university on this significant project.”

The new flagship facility has been funded by Masdar-an Abu Dhabi based renewable energy and clean technology company, Research England, the European Regional Development Fund, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Innovate UK.

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