Surrey University sets up graphene R&D centre

The University of Surrey is setting up a research centre to focus on graphene, the next generation semiconductor technology, which is also the focus of a €1bn Europe research programme.


The graphene centre at Surrey with be part of the university’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) and will include manufacturing capabilities.

Graphene is widely anticipated to have an impact on high frequency electronics, flexible and transparent electronics, energy generation and storage.

Surrey’ ATI’s already has photo thermal deposition technology, which produces large scale electronic-grade graphene on wafer-scale substrates.

The new tool performs both steps in creating electronic-grade graphene, catalyst deposition and graphene growth, saving the need to transfer the sample between machines.

“The opening of our new Centre will help ensure that our graphene research is focussed on the practical benefits and applications of this material across industries,” said Professor Ravi Silva from the University of Surrey and Director of the ATI.

“Together with industrial and academic partners, we can combine our expertise in nano-materials and graphene to advance technologies such as electronic devices, supercapacitors, solar cells, OLEDs and printed transistors,” said Prof Silva.

The Centre has received funds of over £1.2million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), in collaboration with BAE Systems, Tata Steel, Airbus Defence and Space , Intel, M-Solv, Thomas Swan, DSTL, and the National Physical Laboratory.

Academic partners include the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Manchester, Imperial, Exeter, Trinity College Dublin and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

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