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On the Hunt for the Best New Graphene Ideas

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Professor Novoselov addressing the audience at the University of Manchester.

The University of Manchester launched a £50,000 enterprise competition for students with new graphene ideas at a staff event attended by more than 500 people. The event was held to showcase and appeal for new ideas for graphene, a wonder material that is the world’s thinnest, strongest and most conductive material with the potential to revolutionise a huge number of diverse applications; from smartphones and ultrafast broadband to drug delivery and computer chips. Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov isolated graphene at the University in 2004 and were awarded the 2010 Nobel prize in Physics. The University is building the £61 million National Graphene Institute to develop the material. A packed audience in University Place heard from a range of graphene researchers, including Professor Novoselov, about the key sectors that graphene can potentially revolutionise.  The 2013 competition is open to final year PhD students and Postdoctoral Research Associates at the University. It will be awarded to the candidate who can demonstrate outstanding potential in establishing a new enterprise related to graphene and who now wishes to embark on an entrepreneurial career in innovation and commercialisation. Applications will be judged on the strength of their business plan to develop a new graphene-related business.