Graphene-based sensors that can measure air quality

Graphene sensor developments
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The University of Manchester is an incredibly prominent contributor to the world’s graphene research. New research conducted by the University’s has resulted in the creation of a graphene-based sensor which can measure air quality. This new creation could be mass produced in the near future.

A partnership, between the University and a University of Manchester spin-out company Tunghsu Optoelectronics, could now see the mass production of the newly developed graphene-based air quality sensor.

Tunghsu Optoelectronics, part of the Tunghsu Group, is investing nearly £1M in Riptron Ltd, another University of Manchester spin-out company, over two investment stages. The Chinese company has been supported and driven forward by the University’s Intellectual Property arm, UIMP and Graphene Enabled.

Representatives from all parties signed the agreement in a special ceremony at the University on Friday 16 August. Dr Migliorato of The University of Manchester said: “I am thrilled that a company of the reputation of Tunghsu has showed such enthusiasm for our sensor technology, which was entirely developed at the University of Manchester. I am also confident that, together, we are going to make a global success of graphene electronic products.”

Tunghsu Optoelectronics is the main contributor to the Chinese graphene market. Producing four graphene-based products, including various graphene-base energy saving devices. In 2018, the industry was worth around €23M which is an 170% yearly increase.

Dr Migliorato and Dr Kumar are working with The University of Manchester to add the new range of air quality sensors to its growing graphene portfolio. Dr Kumar added: “I believe working together we can provide a technology solution for real-time air-quality mapping to help the local governments introduce new levels of environment, health and safety regulations.”

President and Vice Chancellor of The University of Manchester, Dame Nancy Rothwell, added: “We are very excited about the new collaboration between The University of Manchester and Tunghsu Optoelectronic. We look forward to working with our new partners.”

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