Mas­dar Build­ing opens at the Univer­sity of Manch­ester

Mas­dar is the prin­ci­pal fun­der of the pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity

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Mas­dar, the Abu Dhabi Fu­ture En­ergy Com­pany, has of­fi­cially opened a Mas­dar Build­ing, which houses The Univer­sity of Manch­ester’s Graphene En­gi­neer­ing In­no­va­tion Cen­tre (GEIC).

Mas­dar is the prin­ci­pal fun­der of the pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity which was un­veiled at a spe­cial cer­e­mony by His Royal High­ness, the Duke of York.

Also at­tend­ing the open­ing were HE Rawdha Al Otaiba, Deputy Head of Mis­sion of the United Arab Emi­rates Mis­sion; Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, the Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the UAE at the In­ter­na­tional Re­new­able En­ergy Agency (IRENA); and Dr Steve Grif­fiths, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent for Re­search & De­vel­op­ment and Pro­fes­sor of Prac­tice at Khal­ifa Univer­sity of Science and Technology.

Mo­hamed Jameel Al Ramahi, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Mas­dar, said: “The Mas­dar Build­ing re­flects our com­bined ef­forts to in­cu­bate tech­nolo­gies that will un­lock clean en­ergy so­lu­tions and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment glob­ally. Our part­ner­ship with The Univer­sity of Manch­ester, and the Khal­ifa Univer­sity of Science and Technology, rep­re­sents a jour­ney of in­no­va­tion and dis­cov­ery to trans­form graphene into real-world, com­mer­cially vi­able so­lu­tions.”

Stronger than steel, thin­ner than pa­per and highly flex­i­ble, graphene was first iso­lated by Univer­sity of Manch­ester sci­en­tists An­dre Geim and Kon­stantin Novoselov, who were jointly awarded the No­bel Prize in Physics in 2010 for their ground­break­ing ex­per­i­ments to char­ac­terise the ma­te­rial.

Graphene’s unique prop­er­ties could be used for a range of ap­pli­ca­tions in the fu­ture, in­clud­ing en­ergy stor­age so­lu­tions, wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion technology, light­weight aero­planes, mo­bile phones, and even cloth­ing.

Sci­en­tists from the Khal­ifa Univer­sity of Science and Technology and The Univer­sity of Manch­ester have been pur­su­ing a num­ber of R&D projects in graphene. Th­ese in­clude de­vel­op­ing 3D printed foams for the aero­space and ro­bot­ics in­dus­tries; us­ing graphene sheets to en­hance wa­ter treat­ment and de­sali­na­tion tech­nolo­gies; and pro­duc­ing graphene-based inks as mi­cro-sen­sors for en­ergy and other in­dus­try ap­pli­ca­tions.

Al Ramahi added: “The cen­tre sup­ports the busi­ness strat­egy of Mas­dar to par­tic­i­pate in ad­vanced clean tech­nolo­gies as soon as they show com­mer­cial po­ten­tial.”

Graphene En­gi­neer­ing In­no­va­tion Cen­tre.

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