Steve Rodgers, a member of the Advisory Board of the National Graphene Association, draws a parallel between the formation of the National Graphene Association and the historic creation of “Graphene City” in Manchester, England , which has propelled graphene research and development in Europe.
The University of Manchester, the home of graphene, has been dubbed “Graphene City” due to it’s continued research into the wonder material. Yet while Europe and China have been making great strides in graphene research and implementation, the U.S. is lagging behind.
“Graphene City at University of Manchester is a research hub for 250 researchers,” Steve Rodgers, wrote on a LinkedIn post recently, adding “where is the US version of Graphene City?
“The research is important in order to properly exploit the possibilities of Graphene. Even more important is bringing together the entire tech community, beginning with entrepreneurial and finance communities to commercialize those discoveries.”
“It’s that exact thought that led Dr. Ed Meek and Dr. Zina Jarrahi Cinker to found the NGA, an organization that aims to further research and commercialization of graphene in the United States,” Rodgers wrote.
“In my mind, that is the value of the vision that inspired Zina Jarrahi Cinker, Ph.D. and Ed Meek, Ph.D. to form the NGA,” said Rodgers. “I encourage everyone to help build on their vision by developing a virtual Graphene City that includes all the elements of successful commercialization. Let us share and learn from our collective experiences to insure the successful commercialization of this vital technology.”
“I am grateful for Steve’s support of NGA and though we are not in the league of Manchester, we do intend to build a platform that will provide a strong base for the development of graphene and marketable products in the USA,” Dr. Meek said.
You can read more about the NGA, and membership benefits, here.
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