Arcadis to pinpoint graphene uses in construction

The University of Manchester’s Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre has signed Arcadis help advance graphene applications and processes in the development of construction-related innovations.

Arcadis will also introduce clients and supply chain members to the collaboration process, in a bid to further enhance graphene know-how.

Graphene is a remarkable new material that is electricity conducting while offering high tensile strength in extra thin films.

It is up to 200 times stronger than steel and just one atom thick.

First isolated at The University of Manchester several novel applications have already been identified, including next-generation construction materials, use in photovoltaic cells and impermeable paint.

Graphene has been incorporated into traditional concrete production by scientists at the University of Exeter, developing a composite material which is more than twice as strong and four times more water-resistant than existing concretes.

Highways England chiefs are exploring incorporating graphene into assets such as road surfacing and road markings as well as help to drive the development of a low carbon and digital road network.

Graphene is just the first of hundreds of new ‘2D’ or ‘layered materials’ that promise of a huge array of innovations overcoming constraints from the use of wood, brick, concrete and steel.

Mel Manku, UK Science & Education Sector Leader at Arcadis, said: “We will be working with partners to explore and develop solutions quickly; test and move on. This aligns to Arcadis’ approach in the emerging world and we are extremely excited by this industry-first affiliation and partnership.” 

James Baker, CEO of Graphene@Manchester, added: “Arcadis has played a key part in the development and construction of the GEIC facility and we look forward to extending this partnership in developing the graphene supply-chain further for construction.

“Crucially, this partnership will form a key platform in the further development of ‘Graphene City’.”

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