Haydale, the global advanced materials group, is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of the core Tier One partners of the University of Manchester’s recently completed £60 million Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (“GEIC”).

Following previous work with the National Graphene Institute in Manchester, Haydale has partnered with the GEIC and will install and commission one of its HT60 plasma reactors into the new facility in Manchester that functionalises and improves dispersion of graphene and other 2D materials. Haydale will also sponsor a PhD student in this facility for four years.

The University of Manchester is where graphene was first isolated and the GEIC is expected to be a world centre of excellence for research into commercial graphene applications. As a Tier One partner, and with an installed patented plasma reactor, Haydale’s technology and people will be closely integrated with this research and will collaborate to expand the opportunity set for Graphene.

Commenting on the partnership with the GEIC, Haydale Chairman, David Banks, said: “We are really delighted to be a part of the application’s development focus for graphene products in the GEIC.  We are housing our patented HT60 plasma reactor in the building to help further functionalisation and applications knowledge across a range of graphene and other 2D materials where correct chemical bonding is a key part of the dispersion techniques we employ.”

Commenting on the partnership with the GEIC, Haydale CEO, Ray Gibbs, said: “This initiative is attracting national and international collaboration partners to a world-renowned graphene and nanomaterials research and development facility.  We are looking forward to adding real value to potential and existing business partners looking for application specific uplifts in improving performance across a range of products.”