When it comes to graphene research centers, one would be likely to think of Manchester (UK) where the National Graphene Institute (NGI) has its own center and is in the process of building a second– The Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre (GEIC). However, there is a new center that has recently been established at the University of Mississippi (USA) in a joint collaborative venture between the University and the National Graphene Association (NGA).
The NGI has been well established and both the centers in Manchester and the speculation of a new center in Mississippi has recently been mentioned in some of my recent graphene articles. I have known about the potential for the center for a long time and it is great that it is finally coming to fruition, with the help of the NGA and fellow members of the NGA’s advisory board, who are also part of the University.
The Vice Chancellor for Research (Josh Gladden), Director of the University’s Nano Infrastructure Laboratory (Ahmed Al-Ostaz), The Chancellor of the University of Mississippi (Jeffrey Vitter), The Dean of the University of Mississippi School of Engineering (Alex Cheng) and the Dean of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media (Will Norton) are all members of the NGA advisory board and the University of Mississippi’s faculty, showing that the strong bond and ties between the University and the National Graphene Association have just gotten stronger.
Graphene is one of the strongest materials known. It also has superior thermal, electric, electromagnetic and even antibacterial properties. The wide range of applications will greatly impact technology and spur innovators to develop new products and processes.
Alex Cheng, Dean, School of Engineering, The University of Mississippi
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