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The licensing agreement, between the University of Manchester and First Graphene Ltd, is for the manufacturing of metal oxide decorated graphene materials, using a proprietary electrochemical process. The materials will have the potential to create a new generation of supercapacitors.

Supercapacitors have a myriad of applications. From electric vehicles to elevators, supercapacitors offer high power-density energy storage for a variety of electrical products. The market growth for supercapacitors is predicted at 20% per year. However, such growth will be limited without the suitable materials, like graphene.

Published research by Professsor Robert Dryfe and Professor Ian Kinloch of The University of Manchester reveals how high capacity, microporous materials can be manufactured by the electrochemical processing of graphite raw materials.

The University of Manchester are anticipating that this will be the first step in the mass production of graphene products in the UK.

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