Influence on graphene policy and global market growth

Impact: Economic, Policy


The isolation and characterisation of graphene by The University of Manchester (UoM) has led to
disruptive technological change across a broad range of industries. Continued UoM expertise,
provided to governments and industry about how to best translate graphene research into
commercial success, has resulted in:
• Influence on EU policy to secure GBP198Million of funding within the impact window and a
further GBP130Million grant extension to further assist graphene commercialisation;
• Two international standards and co-authorship of a good practice guide for graphene
analysis. The setting of international standards helps mitigate supply chain risks whilst
reducing costly in-house testing, providing confidence to investors, and ultimately
stimulating market development;
• A consistent growth (40% year-on-year between 2014 and 2020) in the revenue for global
production of graphene and graphene-related materials (not including products containing
graphene). Estimates for total cumulative graphene production revenue within the window
2013 to 2020, range from GBP48Million and GBP480Million.
Cumulatively, this has enabled approximately USD600Million in investment and market growth for
graphene production across the impact window.
Impact date1 Aug 201331 Jul 2020
Category of impactEconomic, Policy
Impact levelAdoption

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials
  • National Graphene Institute
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute