Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, Deputy Director General of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy and Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, revealed during the ceremony that the building which houses the GEIC will be named The Masdar Building and said: “Masdar and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates are proud to be closely involved in the journey of scientific discovery that began with the isolation of graphene more than a decade ago.”
The GEIC building, designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Vinoly, is 8,400 square metres in size and located on The University of Manchester’s North Campus. It will house pilot production facilities and conduct research into other advanced materials.
The project has been made possible by support from around the world. David Sweeney, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange for HEFCE and Executive Chair Designate for Research England said: “The UKRPIF scheme supports inward investment in UK Research & Development and we are delighted to work with the brilliant people at Manchester so that graphene fosters new jobs and products which support our economic growth.”
Sir Richard Leese, Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor and lead for business and economy commented on the GEIC: “This centre will accelerate graphene’s transition from the laboratory to factories and business parks, creating jobs and driving economic growth. Manchester has an incredible record of innovation and is a leading centre for the development of advanced materials – graphene fits right in and is a key part of the next evolutionary phase in our history.”
Greater Manchester’s lead for investment and finance, Cllr Kieran Quinn, commented: “From its conception, graphene captured the imagination of the world and its huge potential was evident for all to see. Through this facility, that potential is now set to become reality for Greater Manchester’s engineers and innovators.”
Simon Edmonds, Director of Manufacturing and Materials at Innovate UK, said: “Graphene development and its applications presents significant opportunities for UK companies and the new Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre will further establish the UK as a world-leader by fostering strong industry-academic collaborations.”
Diana Hampson, Director of Estates and Facilities at The University of Manchester, added: “The Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre is a key component of the Campus Masterplan. We are creating a world-class campus for a world-class University, making The University of Manchester the partner of choice for industry.”
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European Regional Development Fund
The project is receiving up to £5,000,000 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund.
- Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit http://bit.ly/2yA47eL.
Source: The University of Manchester