According to Elmarakbi, the flagship’s research is attracting much interest for sectors, including the highly competitive global automotive market.

“We’re in talks with the automotive manufacturers and their tier 1 suppliers, who are very interested in our work and how they might apply our findings in future,” said Elmarakbi. “Ten years is nothing in automotive development, their research and development teams will be looking well beyond that and they can already see the potential of graphene.”