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Graphene: Running the show

The University of Manchester’s new innovation centre aims to bring a commercial ethos to the site of graphene’s discovery, Sophie Inge reports.

Sporting a pair of the world’s first graphene-incorporating running shoes in a lurid but futuristic neon green, James Baker hailed a “tipping point” for the development of the 2D material, which was first isolated in 2004 by scientists in Manchester using a pencil and sticky tape.

Baker was speaking in December 2018 at the launch of the University of Manchester’s Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (Geic), which he leads. He has high hopes for the commercialisation of the material, made of ultra-thin sheets of carbon atoms.

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