Graphene@Manchester is pleased announce another expansion to its list of industrial engagements. Three new Tier 2 partnerships, accompanied by affiliate and associate memberships, further demonstrate the breadth of scope in innovation at the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) at The University of Manchester.
Victrex, Molymem and Survitec have signed up become Tier 2 partners, offering access to labs, world-leading equipment and expertise in engineering solutions for graphene and other 2D materials.
Ivan Buckley, Director of Business Engagement for Graphene@Manchester, said: "We’re delighted to welcome our new partners to our growing list of industrial collaborations.
"The GEIC was created to help companies take innovation rapidly from lab to market and these product areas and services - from advanced polymers and membranes to life-saving equipment and advice on R&D finance - show the range of possibilities across graphene and other 2D materials that we are able to accommodate with our engineering and business expertise."
"We look forward to working closely with our new and existing partners to build fruitful partnerships and successful products and applications."
Lancashire-based Victrex is a manufacturer of high-performance materials, specialising in thermoplastic polymers.
The company focuses on six core markets - aerospace, automotive, energy, electronics, manufacturing and engineering, and medical - and is looking to address sustainability challenges with advanced materials engineering across those sectors.
Dr John Grasmeder, Chief Scientist at Victrex, said: "Victrex is delighted to have partnered with Graphene@Manchester, as this will enable us to work together to accelerate innovation and create global opportunities for sustainable, graphene-containing high-performance materials. We look forward to a successful collaboration with the GEIC and its partners."
A spin-out from The University of Manchester, Molymem has developed a membrane technology using 2D material molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), aimed at a range of industrial processes for purification, reducing fouling and minimising the use of harsh chemicals for cleaning.
Molymem co-founder Mark Bissett is also a senior lecturer in nanomaterials at The University of Manchester. He said: "As a University of Manchester spin out, it is logical for Molymem to be based within the GEIC as this allows us access to facilities to scale up our technology.
"We have been working with the GEIC for over two years now, and are working with a variety of commercial partners to use our technology to solve their specific needs in filtration and the removal of pollutants from water."
Survitec and the GEIC have partnered in order to promote new and novel materials for use in life-saving equipment. This partnership will allow Survitec to continue to achieve its vision as being the most trusted company for critical safety and survival equipment.
"We’re excited to have kicked off multiple projects with the team at the GEIC and look forward to realising some of the opportunities we have identified together to ultimately satisfy Survitec’s purpose of ’existing to protect lives’," said Martin Whittaker, Survitec CEO (Aerospace and Defence).
"As demand for new and novel materials increases in support of 6th-generation aircraft and other next-generation platforms, the partnership with GEIC epitomises Survitec’s commitment to working closely with world-leading academic and industrial institutions."
Meanwhile, Counting King - an expert in finance and tax credits for R&D - has taken affiliate membership and Applied Graphene Materials - a producers of high-quality graphene nanoplatelets and dispersions - has taken advantage of our deal that allows members of The Graphene Council (also a Tier 2 partner) to enjoy certain benefits of GEIC membership.
Graphene@Manchester offers a range of options for industrial engagement. You can explore the benefits of different membership grades on the GEIC website or fill in the Contact Form to get in touch directly.
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