University of Manchester hosts largest European graphene event

More than 700 graphene industry and academic professionals are coming together this week to exhibit and celebrate revolutionary graphene technologies at Graphene 2023 , the 13th edition of the Graphene Conference series - the largest European event in Graphene and 2-dimensional materials at the University of Manchester.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham , inaugurated the conference, which sees more than 30 companies exhibiting their revolutionary graphene technologies. More than 200 experts from academia and industry will also deliver lectures at the conference.

"We’re proud to welcome businesses and researchers from across the world to Greater Manchester for Graphene 2023", said the mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. "Our city-region has been the driving force behind cultural and scientific innovations for over 200 years, and it’s fitting that we host the world’s 2D materials community as we approach 20 years since graphene was first discovered. I hope delegates get a sense of the exciting work happening right here in Greater Manchester to commercialise advanced materials."

The conference is held in the newly opened Manchester Engineering Campus , the new home of Engineering and Materials at the University. Unrivalled in scale as a hub of engineering and materials expertise here in the UK, it combines Manchester’s industrial heritage with new, purpose-built facilities, ideal for discovery and solving some of the world’s most pressing issues. Delegates are also be offered tours of the National Graphene Institute (NGI) and the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) , the flagship facilities for graphene and 2D materials research and development.

Professor Vladimir Falko, the Director of the NGI, said, "Manchester’s National Graphene Institute and Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre stay at the forefront of graphene and 2D materials research and commercialisation, and we are glad that a major pan-European graphene conference is coming to the UK, despite all the uncertainties created by Brexit."

Professor Aravind Vijayaraghavan, the lead local organiser added, "We are placing special emphasis on attracting industrial and academic partnerships from around the world to invest and collaborate with the University, and this conference is the ideal opportunity for us to showcase our world-leading facilities and expertise in advanced materials and manufacturing which is key to a green, equitable and healthy future for us all."

The conference takes place at the University of Manchester on 27-30 June 2023. The conference marks 20 years since the first isolation of graphene at the University, by Professor Sir Andre Geim and Professor Sir Kostya Novoselov, who were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics "for ground-breaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene".

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