29 Mar '16, 8pm

UK's National Graphene Institute Kerfuffle Gets the PR Treatment

UK's National Graphene Institute Kerfuffle Gets the PR Treatment

Earlier this month, the UK newspaper The Sunday Times broke a story claiming that researchers at the University of Manchester and the National Graphene Institute (NGI) were reluctant to occupy the NGI’s new $71 million research building. Their reason: fear that the work they produce there would be taken by a foreign company. Since that news story broke, damage control from the NGI, the University of Manchester, and BGT Materials, the company identified in the Times article, has been coming fast and furious. Even this blog’s coverage of the story has gotten comments from representatives of BGT Materials and the University of Manchester. There was perhaps no greater effort in this coordinated defense than getting Andre Geim, a University of Manchester researcher who was a co-discoverer of graphene, to weigh in. Geim, typically reluctant to speak with the press, offered a ful...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/nanotec...

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