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CDT in Science and Applications of Graphene and Related Nanomaterials (Graphene NOWNANO CDT)

Graphene researchers working in a cleanroom


As a student on our programme, you can expect to work with world leading, accomplished and Nobel Prize winning academic staff with a history of breakthroughs in graphene and 2D materials as the CDT seeks to build on the increasing momentum of graphene-related research and development activity.


The final cohort for this programme has been recruited, explore our new 2D Materials of Tomorrow CDT for exciting opportunities. We are open to industry partnerships and school engagements.

The University of Manchester has over 300 people working on graphene and related 2D materials research, with over 30 academic groups working across a wide breadth of subjects and disciplines – CDT research projects are available within:

Graphene has been dubbed a miracle material due to its unique combination of superior electronic, mechanical, optical, chemical and biocompatible properties suitable for a large number of realistic applications.

With the Graphene NOWNANO CDT programme, The University of Manchester and Lancaster University seek to continue the recent explosion of graphene-related research and development activity.

Explore our research activity below, including examples of research projects undertaken by our students, and research highlights in the graphene field.

Related areas of research

  • Novel 2D materials
  • Devices based on 2DM heterostructures/2DM twistronics
  • 2DM-based nanocomposites
  • Membranes and coatings
  • 2D materials for energy applications
  • 2DM for thermal management
  • Flexible electronics
  • Atomic-scale imaging
  • Innovative devices for healthcare

At the forefront

Across Manchester and Lancaster, our researchers have played a central role in the expansion from the fundamental physics of graphene into chemistry, engineering, characterization and bioapplications.

Hear from Sir Andre Geim, Regius Professor and Royal Society Research Professor at The University of Manchester, who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for his ground-breaking work on graphene.