Manchester can lay claim to leading the way in a number of fields. The city is widely recognised for producing some of the world’s coolest musicians, Morrissey, Oasis and The Stone Roses to name but a few. And it also boasts two of world’s richest football teams with United and City both globally recognised brands.
But did you know that Manchester is also leading the way when it comes to science? No, us here at Skout didn’t either until we spotted an interesting article in the FT about how scientists at Manchester University have made a major breakthrough in research into graphene – the first ‘wonder material’ of the 21st century. Graphene is a superthin, super strong material that can transform everyday products.
Manchester University scientists first discovered graphene nine years ago. Its most recent discovery is that microscopic patches of graphene can be made magnetic and the magnetism turned on and off with an electric switch. This discovery could open a new route to electronic devices with extremely low energy consumption.
The University is also developing a government-backed National Graphene Institute with the aim of turning research into products. Graphene has the potential to be turned into ultra-fast transistors and other electronic components, foldable computers, high capacity batteries for electric cars and strong materials for uses from sports equipment to aircraft wings.
Who knew that is amazing innovation was taking place on our doorstep? This is fantastic PR for Manchester University and showcases the brilliant inventions coming out of one of the UK’s leading Universities.