Masdar Building opens at the University of Manchester
Masdar is the principal funder of the purpose-built facility
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.