“It’s a bit silly for society to throw a little bit of money at (graphene) and expect it to change the world”

Tim Harper Keynote Speaker graphene

A nice quote by Sir Andre Geim, Nobel Prize winning co-discoverer of graphene in this morning’s Times headlined “Twitter is no substitute for proper science, laments Nobel laureate.”

However, Sir Andre said that he had been “bemused” by the clamour to exploit graphene. “I’m not interested in going into industry or property development or creating ‘graphene valley’ as the Government would like me to,” he said of his lack of involvement with a £61 million Graphene Institute, due to open at the University of Manchester in 2015. “It’s a bit silly for society to throw a little bit of money at something and expect it to change the world. Everything takes time.”

As we finalise the Graphene Opportunity Report the phrase ““It’s a bit silly for society to throw a little bit of money at something and expect it to change the world. Everything takes time.” rings true. While graphene has huge potential, much of that will not be realised in the coming decade. Indeed our research is showing that many of the applications widely linked with graphene ail be difficult to address through a combination of technical and competitive issues, while a number of potentially large markets are being underserved by current producers.

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