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Manchester To Host Graphene Conference

The University of Manchester has been announced as the host of Graphene Week 2015.

The key international conference will look into the science of the material and applications of graphene devices.

The conference is set to take place between the 22-26th June and it is estimated that the event will attract more than 400 scientists from around the world. The event looks set to contribute £700,000 to the city's economy.

Graphene was first discovered by professors Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov at the University of Manchester in 2004. It is the world's first 2D material, ultra-light yet tough and 200 times stronger than steel.

The University is also looking to construct the £61m National Graphene Institute in spring 2015, which will see scientists and commercial partners working side by side.

Speaking at the handover ceremony in Gothenburg, Sweeden Dr Cinzia Casiraghi, Lecturer at the University of Manchester and chair of Graphene Week 2015 said: "We feel that with the opening of the National Graphene Institute in spring 2015, it is appropriate to invite the global research community to one of the top institutions for graphene research.

"They will be the first people to see the completed NGI facility as well as seeing first-hand the leading edge research that is being undertaken at our University."

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