IOP Business Briefing: Graphene commercialisation in the UK – overcoming potential challenges and driving the UK forward

Investment into graphene research and development is accelerating.

18 November 2013 18:00 – 21:30
Institute of Physics, London

Organised in partnership with the National Physical Laboratory.

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Investment into graphene research and development is accelerating. In January 2013 the European Commission pledged to spend €1 billion on a research initiative creating a European network of academics and companies working on graphene and related materials. The UK is committed to a £60 million cash injection into graphene research, including funding for the National Graphene Institute in Manchester, opening in spring 2015.

In order to capitalise on this investment, a significant amount of collaboration across the supply chain will be required to ensure that this technology is translated from laboratories to the public domain. This business briefing brought together those who work in research, development and commercialisation of graphene and similar advanced materials to discuss how the UK can make the most of commercialisation and overcome potential challenges.


Dr Nathan Hill

Dr Nathan Hill
Business Development and Strategy Director, National Graphene Institute (NGI)

Nathan is a serial entrepreneur and technology investor. He trained in physics before focusing on a commercial career in Germany, Japan and the US, where he worked as a Managing Director at Oxford Instruments. He established technology commercialisation firm Qi3 in 1999, and angel investment syndicate Qi3 Accelerator in 2010, with investments in 13 cleantech, semiconductor and medtech businesses. He holds several executive and non-executive Board positions including the UK Business Angels Association.

With a career commercialising superconductor, semiconductor and now carbon-based materials, Nathan’s passion is for the realisation of excellent technology into successful business propositions.

Mike Worboys

Dr Mike Worboys CEng CPhys FInstP
Acting Director, BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre (ATC)

Mike has recently been appointed Acting Director of the ATC, the research and technology arm of BAE Systems.

In his previous role as General Manager at the ATC, Mike managed 300 scientists and engineers working at its Great Baddow, Filton and Towcester sites, where he was responsible for all day to day operations. He began his career with the company as a research engineer in 1984, joining what was then the Marconi Research Centre at Great Baddow to work on non-linear optics. Since then he has held a number management roles at the company.

Mike has worked on a wide range of technologies including 2D and 3D optics, display systems, holographics, sensors, communications and electronic interconnect and packaging.