The University of Manchester, famous for housing the Nobel prize for graphene, has spun off a company to provide advanced 2D materials, including structured graphene. 2D-Tech offers graphene on various substrates, including boron nitride, as well as consultancy services.
The news of the establishing of 2D-Tech comes amidst a heated discussion about the future of graphene in the United Kingdom, spurred by an apparent lag of the country behind the US and Asian countries in terms of the number of filed patents related to graphene. The community has been aflame for more than a month, debating about the best way to commercialize and cash in on the great potential of the presence of Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov in Manchester, and 2D-Tech seems to be a step in the right direction.
Apart from being one of the first UK-based companies to offer graphene, the newcomer offers some interesting innovation compared to what’s already on the market. The most obvious difference which promises to set this one apart from the pack is the availability of CVD graphene transferred onto boron nitride. Graphene on boron nitride is usually of better quality than that on other substrates and has been heavily used by research groups around the world in the past year or two. The group of Geim and Novoselov has taken it to another level by producing graphene “sandwiched” between two layers of boron nitride. This type of sandwich offers supreme quality of devices and is on offer from the new store. Another unusual offer is graphene structured into hall bars, which is arguably the most used graphene structure in scientific research.
Apart from material products, the company offers consultancy services, even offering advice on how to set up a graphene lab. There is an emphasis on collaboration with the industry, IP, and sample characterization, for those that can make graphene but lack the means of characterizing it. Unfortunately, there is no price for any of the products or services on offer. In any case, we welcome 2D-Tech to the family of graphene companies and hope to follow it for years to come.
Official website: 2D-Tech