National Graphene Institute

Graphene was isolated here at The University of Manchester in 2004. Now our researchers can continue that legacy of discovery and innovation by using the National Graphene Institute (NGI) as a base for research and collaboration with colleagues from industry and other UK universities.

The striking new-build comprises more than 7,800m2 of accommodation over five levels, which includes two cleanrooms, a number of heavily-serviced research laboratories, as well as office accommodation, social and seminar space.

It also features a unique rooftop garden, which is home to 21 different grasses and wildflowers designed to attract urban bees and other species of pollinators. A five-story central utility building will house all plant and equipment necessary for the building to operate.

This state-of-the-art building will facilitate the exploration of new ways to produce and use the revolutionary material and develop its applications for the future.

The NGI is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the European Regional Development Fund.