The University of Manchester start-up is to receive £80,000 for a collaborative project with dental implant company Evodental to produce graphene reinforced polymers for fixed dental prostheses.

It has also been awarded £98,000 to explore the solid-state dye-sensitised solar cells in partnership with Australian group Dyesol Ltd.

The InnovateUK grants supplement the existing £240,000 University of Manchester proof of concept grant for the commercialisation of a unique production process. The first patent has been filed jointly with the University of Ulster.

Two new senior appointments have also been made at 2-DTech. Dr Aravind Vijayaraghaven, a lecturer in nanomaterials at the University of Manchester and the public engagement coordinator for the National Graphene Institute, has joined as a senior consultant while Dr Andrew Strudwick has been appointed as a research scientist.

An 85 per cent stake in 2-DTech was acquired by Versarian earlier this year.

Neill Ricketts, chief executive of Versarien, said: “Since the acquisition in May, 2-DTech has made excellent progress with many of our key objectives being achieved well ahead of schedule whilst still keeping a strict control over costs.

“The two InnovateUK grants are testament to the hard work by 2-DTech and demonstrate our drive towards achieving early commercialisation of this very exciting discovery. We look forward to welcoming interested parties to the home of graphene where they will see how graphene is being developed and commercialised by 2-DTech through the combination of academic, scientific and commercial expertise.

Source: Insider Media Ltd.