Harnessing the power of graphene and other 2D materials

Graphene Enabled Systems is a new company created by the University of Manchester to develop a range of industrial products, components and systems based on its broad portfolio of IP relating to graphene and other 2D technologies.

Graphene Enabled Systems Limited is wholly owned by the University and will be led by the CEO Andrew Wilkinson.

The company’s mission is to create a number of stand-alone ‘spin-out’ businesses which will licence the University’s IP for use in a specific, well-defined application and market. Graphene Enabled expects that these ‘spin-out’ businesses will develop products, components and systems for industrial and consumer applications.

Initially, the main areas of activity will be focused on applications that would benefit from:

The Graphene Enabled business model is to invest its resources in developing product demonstrators and ‘spin-outs’ where there is a well-defined market need from a commercial partner.

Graphene Enabled will deliver the first product demonstrators within twelve months of the company’s formation and possibly even sooner. As an important part of the University’s Graphene strategy, Graphene Enabled will work in close collaboration with the University’s research teams, innovation and IP groups (UMI3 and UMIP), the National Graphene Institute (NGI) and, in 2017 and beyond, the new Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) and the Henry Royce Institute for Materials Research – both of which will be based in Manchester.

Remarkable properties
Graphene, a monolayer of carbon atoms densely packed in a honeycomb lattice, was isolated for the first time in 2004 and, since then, has established itself as one of the most remarkable materials available to scientists, researchers and industry. Graphene superlatives are countless as every day new properties are discovered:

  • It is the thinnest material
  • It is the strongest (200 times stronger than steel)
  • It is transparent
  • It is the lightest
  • It is incredibly flexible
  • It shows superb conductive properties
  • It is a perfect thermal conductor

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Electronic structure of Graphene

Other 2D materials
Graphene was the first 2D material to be isolated. It has opened a route to many other 2D materials which have yet to be be fully characterised. These also have huge potential in their own right or in combination with graphene. A few examples are, hexagonal BN, MS2, WS2, Silicene and Stanene.

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Hetero-structure built up from 2D materials