Graphene-based sensors that can measure the quality of air using the 2D Material could soon enter mass production thanks to a new partnership between a University of Manchester spin-out company and Chinese corporation, Tunghsu Optoelectronics.
Tunghsu Optoelectronics, who are part of The Tunghsu Group, is investing nearly £1million in Riptron Ltd over two investment stages. Riptron Ltd is a spin-out company founded by two scientists from the University’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Dr Max Migliorato and Dr Rakesh Kumar.
The spin-out has been supported and driven forward by the University’s Intellectual Property arm, UMIP and Graphene Enabled. Graphene Enabled is a business created and owned by the University to launch market-focused ‘spin–out’ companies for graphene based-products.
VIP representatives from all parties signed the agreement in a special ceremony at the University on Friday 16 August. Dr Migliorato said: “I am thrilled that a company of the reputation of Tunghsu has showed such enthusiasm for our sensor technology, which was entirely developed at the University of Manchester. I am also confident that, together, we are going to make a global success of graphene electronic products.”