Alpha, a world leader in the production of electronic soldering and bonding materials has announced a collaborative partnership with the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester to develop the next generation of graphene-based electronic materials.
The collaboration is a multi-year effort which focuses on how to utilise innovative soldering materials in applications which have higher connectivity, mobile and sustainability requirements, which will have a significant impact on Electronics Assembly & Packaging as well as Energy and Power industries.
The use of graphene-based technologies is expected to be used for broader applications across Alpha’s diverse product portfolio and affiliate companies.
Richard J Ertman, President of Alpha said: “Alpha is very excited and proud to be a part of this groundbreaking institution. As a key contributor and collaborator, we look forward to the many innovative and new technologies and applications for Graphene in our products and marketplaces. Alpha is very thankful to The University of Manchester for this opportunity to work closely with their highly respected and creative scientists and technicians.”
James Baker, Graphene Business Director at The University of Manchester added: “We look forward to working with Alpha on this exciting new project. This collaboration and partnership is another significant step forward to realising the next generation of graphene-based electronic materials and Alpha are a welcome addition to our ever expanding partnerships with industry. Since the opening of the £61m National Graphene Institute we are now seeing a significant acceleration in engagement with industry and an increasing number of industry partners now working on graphene projects. With the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre, which will be completed in 2017 also located in Manchester, the University of Manchester continues to play a leading role in the commercialisation of graphene”
Graphene, a one-atom thick form of graphite, is the world’s thinnest and most conductive material and is expected to revolutionise the energy sector. The National Graphene Institute is a world-leading centre of graphene research and commercialisation, where academics and their industrial partners can work side by side on the applications of tomorrow. The University currently has more than 40 commercial partners and more than 235 researchers on graphene and related 2D materials. The NGI is funded by £38m from EPSRC and £23m from ERDF.