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Freedom Of The City For Graphene Guys

University of Manchester scientists recognised for their ground-breaking work

Published on October 7th 2013.

Freedom Of The City For Graphene Guys

PROFESSOR Sir Andre Geim and Professor Sir Kostya Novoselov will be awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City of Manchester for their work on the material graphene on Wednesday 9 October.

Graphene, dubbed the ‘miracle material’, can be described as a single free-standing atomic layer of carbon, 200 times stronger than steel, thinner than a sheet of paper and more conductive than paper.

The freedom of the city is the highest honour Manchester can bestow. The honour recognises the pioneering work undertaken by Sir Andre and Sir Kostya at The University of Manchester.

Along with their colleagues, Professor Geim and Professor Novoselov are widely recognised for isolating the material at The University of Manchester, placing the city at the forefront of the global graphene revolution. It was this work that led to each of them being awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010.

Graphene, dubbed the ‘miracle material’, can be described as a single free-standing atomic layer of carbon, 200 times stronger than steel, thinner than a sheet of paper and more conductive than paper.

The material has a huge number of possible applications, including electronics, medicine and creating strong lightweight coatings for everything from wind turbines to food.

Building on the work of Professors Geim and Novoselov and their colleagues, a new facility, the National Graphene Institute, is being created in the city and will establish Manchester as the world’s leading graphene research and technology hub.

The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Naeem ul Hassan said: “It is a privilege to be able to present the freedom of the city to Professor Geim and Professor Novoselov.

“Manchester is a city born of innovation so it is only right we recognise the achievements of Sir Andre and Sir Kostya.”

The resolution to award the freedom of the city to Professor Sir Andre Geim and Professor Sir Kostya Novoselov will go before a special meeting of Manchester City Council on Wednesday 9 October.

Professor Geim and Professor Novoselov will be presented with the freedom of the city at a special event early next year.

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

SquirrelitoOctober 8th 2013.

A day to be proud for the city, the Uni and the team.

AnonymousOctober 8th 2013.

Lets also give thanks to George Osborne & the Tories also, for backing Manchester's ambitions (as they always do) and providing the funds to build the National Graphene Institute here. A Labour government would never do that for Manchester, you damn well know they wouldn't!

Manc GuyOctober 8th 2013.

Hurrah!!! Three cheers for conductive paper!!!?

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Mark GarnerOctober 8th 2013.

Manc Guy, are you being a little bit snotty here? Is your perception of graphene just conductive paper? If ou need me to explain just five reasons why this is a mega game changer, let me know. It's an astonishing feat.

Manc GuyOctober 8th 2013.

Oh dear! I was being sarcastic. Paper 'isn't conductive, Mark. Or maybe you think it is?

Mark GarnerOctober 8th 2013.

Well, Manc, I missed that entirely, because one of the descriptions of the uses of Graphene is conductive, electronic paper which will leapfrog tablets and provide a platform for 'newspapers'; something I have been following for 12 years now with other materials. So, it will be paper, to all intents and purposes, but not made from trees, except that both Trees and Graphene come from nearly similar stuff. Carbon. But aligned differently. Oh Dear Manc Guy, please leave your sarcasm out of stuff which you know little about.

Mark GarnerOctober 8th 2013.

Oh, yes... That is is one of many uses.

Manc GuyOctober 8th 2013.

Calm down Mark, the author of the article clearly meant 'more conductive than copper', and not 'paper' and I was making fun of that typo. Now do you understand? I wasn't making fun of Graphene whatsoever. It's an amazing thing and it's uses are potentially limitless. I wouldn't say the future's bright because of it, but there are certainly excitiing times ahead. As for 'stuff' I know little about? How presumptious of you Mark. You know nothing about me. You may have an 'interest' in Graphene, but I'm much closer to that 'stuff' than you'll ever be, and in more ways than one.

IanOctober 8th 2013.

Impressive. What does freedom of the city allow you to do?

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AnonymousOctober 8th 2013.


Ghostly TomOctober 15th 2013.

Possibly herd pigs up Market Street? In London you are allowed to take geese across London Bridge I believe, if you have the freedom of that city...

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