How the addition of graphene has the potential to significantly improve the properties of concrete. Research to date has seen results that include improvement in compressive strength by a factor of 2, a doubling of its flexural strength, a 4 fold decrease in water permeability, as well as improved electrical and thermal performance. At the same time, a significant decrease in carbon emissions through a 50% reduction in the quantity of materials required to make the material.
The University of Manchester (UoM) is an internationally recognized institution with a reputation for pioneering research. The University engages in internationally significant research in a wide range of subjects. One recent evidence of the strong research environment of UoM is that the Noble Prize in Physics 2010 was awarded jointly to Professor Andre Geim and Konstantin in the field of graphene. Energy research and teaching is carried out at UoM across a wide range of areas centered on the themes of renewable energy resources, production, transportation and consumption. Linking these themes are the areas of energy policy, economics and societal impact.