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Wednesday, 19th August 2015

Graphene Research and Enterprise: Mapping Innovation and Business Growth in a Strategic Emerging Technology

Source: NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)

From NESTA Blog:

How can we use publicly-available online information from business web sites to better understand the strategies of those companies in developing and commercialising new technologies? That is the topic we probe in our new study of small and-mid-size enterprises involved in graphene.

Graphene is an ultra-thin layer of carbon with exceptional properties holding great potential for path-breaking applications across a range of areas including strong lightweight materials, next generation electronic devices, specialised coatings, new biomaterials and sensors, and innovative medical applications.

The quality of graphene science in the UK is world leading. Indeed, in 2010, two researchers at the University of Manchester were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their scientific accomplishments in first isolating graphene in 2004. Public and private investment in graphene research and innovation has soared worldwide over the past few years. The field is expanding rapidly, with thousands of new patents and numerous companies already entering the graphene domain.

However, although there is rising worldwide interest in graphene, there are questions about the positioning of this emerging technology and when promised applications will materialise. From a UK perspective, significant public investments are being made to support the research and commercialisation of graphene and other novel advanced materials. But concerns have already been raised about economic returns as graphene patenting in the US, China, and other leading countries is outstripping that of the UK.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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