Prestigious award won by NOWNANO DTC student
Daryl McManus, a PhD student in the North West Nanoscience Doctoral Training Centre (NOWNANO DTC) is the recipient of this year’s Eli and Britt Harari Graphene Enterprise Award.
The £50k prize is designed to support the early stage implementation of a commercially-viable business proposal from students, post-docs and recent graduates of The University of Manchester based on the many and varied applications of graphene.
Daryl, 24, impressed a panel of judges against twelve other entries with his proposal to harness the superlative properties of graphene in developing graphene inks for printed applications. The prize money will be used to help found a new graphene-spin out company based on producing graphene inks.
Daryl said: “Our environmentally friendly 2D material inks provide a cheap, scalable solution to the production of next generation flexible and transparent electronics.
“The Eli and Britt Harari award gives us the opportunity to take our unique inks from the laboratory to the marketplace where their properties can be exploited by both businesses and researchers to create a new generation of printed devices.”
The judging panel felt that on balance Daryl’s was the most complete proposal bringing together a compelling and viable business case supported by a credible application of graphene-based technology. Professor Luke Georghiou, Vice President Research and Innovation who led the judging panel commented; “The University is strongly committed to bringing the benefits of research to the economy and society. It is particularly pleasing when students get the opportunity to take their ideas into the market. This award provides a flying start for what I am sure will be a successful entrepreneurial career”.
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