University of Manchester

The University of Manchester stands at the forefront of current research and innovation in advanced materials, hosting OMIC (organic Materials Innovation centre), the Henry Royce Institute, and several research institute underpinned by Material chemistry: The include the National Graphene institute, Graphene Innovation and Engineering centre, The Manchester Institute of Biotechnology.

OMIC has been a major KCMC partner since 2009. Located in the School of Chemistry at the University of Manchester, OMIC bridges the gap between the applied materials chemistry knowledge generated at universities and that which businesses need in order to innovate and grow.

With its’ core research centre based at The University of Manchester, the £235-million HRI will be a world-leading centre for advanced materials research and commercialisation. Encompassing nine key areas of materials research, the institute will allow the UK to grow its world-leading research and innovation base in advanced materials.

Core capabilities of The University of Manchester include: 

  • The design, synthesis and characterisation of novel monomers, oligomers and polymers
  • Novel organic semiconductors and dielectrics for use in printed electronics
  • Functional materials for use in sensors
  • Porous materials including polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs) and nanoporous inorganic materials
  • Nanoscale materials
  • Structured carbons including graphene, graphene oxide and nanotubes
  • Surfactants, emulsions and colloids
  • Biomaterials based on polymers and peptides
  • Inkjet printing of a wide range of functional materials
  • Crystallisation of functional materials