11 July 2017
11 July 2017
The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has launched a new special interest group focusing on commercial opportunities for the UK in 'Graphene and Other 2D Materials.'
“The UK has been a global leader in research on graphene since it was isolated at the University of Manchester in 2004, and we are well positioned to take a significant share of the current $300 million global market for the production and supply of graphene materials,” said Robert Quarshie, Head of Materials at KTN, at a launch event at the House of Lords hosted by Lord Haskel and attended by researchers and industry representatives. “This is forecast to grow beyond £1 billion in the next few years as more devices and products are made using 2D materials.”
“The isolation of graphene has led to the discovery of a whole family of 2D materials, including hexagonal boron nitride and molybdenum disulphide, which can be combined with graphene to create exciting new devices and products,” he continued. “The investment in 2D materials manufacturing capacity needs to be rapidly accompanied by increased application developments in diverse industrial sectors. There could be no better time than now to do this work.”
“This is a really exciting time for graphene and 2D products. The work of this special interest group is to try and encourage UK companies to use graphene and other 2D materials to try to improve the look, feel, and performance of their products.”
“A new report from KTN, Creating Value From Non-carbon 2D Materials – Beyond Graphene, suggests that the existing graphene infrastructure puts the UK in a position to maximise opportunity in applications as diverse as composite materials, wearable technology, energy storage, and medical devices,” said Lord Haskel, who worked in the materials industry as Director of textile firm The Perrotts Group. “The special interest group will work with stakeholders to help identify the most viable opportunities, but also to address key challenges, including financing and a clear route to mass production and application.”
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