Manchester University, England, soon to be home of the UK’s National Graphene Institute, formerly part of the raincoat capital of England, is moving like greased lightning in its rush to become Europe’s first graphene centre of excellence. First announced all the way back in February with a ?50 million grant from Her Majesty’s U-turn, accident prone, coalition Government, the Limey speed freaks of Manchester today began the formal tender process to select a contractor to build the ?31.5 million state of the art facility. If the weather holds and the workers don’t strike, the NGI is scheduled for completion in a mind boggling December 2014. Competing foreign institutes are asked to put their research on hold until then, to allow the Mancunians aka Mancs, or Mankys, to have a level playing field.
“It wasn’t easy getting here so fast,” said Arthur Jobsworth, spokesman for the grand steering committee, whose early sessions in Bacchanalia, Chapel Walks, got the whole project off to an expensive if wobbly, start. “Things moved along faster, when budget constraints forced a move to “The Old Nags Head,” Jacksons Row, off Deansgate, Manchester, where the hours were 11am-11pm, except Sundays,” he said. “Bacchanalia’s, Sun – Weds 12pm – 12am, Thu 12pm – 2am & Fri & Sat 12pm – 3am, were really doin some of our ‘eads in.”
I wonder if there’s any Dachshund waste in Manchester?
Graphene centre start moves closer
29 Aug 2012, 09:27
Manchester University has started the formal tender process to select a contractor to build the ?31.5m National Graphene Institute, scheduled for completion by the end of 2014.
The new facility proposed for Booth Street East is designed by London-based architects Jestico + Whiles. The project team includes EC Harris on procurement advice, CH2M Hill with technical design services for the labs and Ramboll on civil and structural services.
Funding for the centre will come from the government's ?50m grant awarded to Manchester in October 2011.
There will be cleanrooms, laboratories and offices in the new facility which will be a research and incubator centre dedicated to the development of graphene. Graphene is 200 times stronger than steel and one atom thick, the strongest and thinnest material ever measured, and the world's most conductive material. It has a wide range of potential uses, including electronics, flexible touch screens, sensors and in composite materials.
Manchester University professors Konstantin Novoselov and Andre Geim were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on graphene and will collaborate with the design team to develop the institute.
Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2013 with completion in the third quarter of 2014.
Graphene is going to revolutionize the 21st Century
Graphene is a two dimensional material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb or chicken wire structure. It is the thinnest material known and yet is also one of the strongest. It conducts electricity as efficiently as copper and outperforms all other materials as a conductor of heat. Graphene is almost completely transparent, yet so dense that even the smallest atom helium cannot pass through it.