8 December 2021
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James Baker, CEO of the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre, joins Forward Editor Caitlin Mackesy Davies to explore what graphene is, why it is so special and what part it can play in solving some of the major challenges we face in the future.

Listen time: 25 minutes

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Episode guide

  • Episode intro (00:20)
  • What is graphene and why is it so interesting/valuable? (00:40)
  • What happens at the GEIC? (02:45)
  • Where does the GEIC fit into the graphene ecosystem in Manchester? (04:30)
  • What sort of response has the GEIC received from industry since opening? (07:55)
  • How is graphene helping with sustainability? (10:05)
  • What needs to be done to accelerate the benefits that graphene can provide? (13:10)
  • How does the GEIC's partnership model work and how important is this in making the GEIC's work a success? (16:55)
  • What is the most exciting thing coming forward in the field of graphene research? (21:05)

Useful links

Visit our 2D materials spotlight page for more information on graphene and view our blogs

Learn more about the GEIC on their website.


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Forward celebrates the most compelling developments taking place in the scientific and entrepreneurial worlds and covers the IP challenges that international organisations face every day. This podcast is part of our new Forward: On Demand series - video blogs (vlogs), podcasts and webinars available to watch or listen to at any time. View the full series here and the podcast series here.

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Matthew is a Partner and Patent Attorney at Mewburn Ellis. Working primarily in the chemical and materials science fields, he has significant experience of the intricacies of the EPO. Matthew advises and assists clients with all stages of drafting, prosecution, opposition and appeal before the EPO. Many of his clients are Japanese and Chinese businesses that are seeking European patent protection. These include multinational corporations in the fields of high-performance ceramics and carbon fibre technologies, as well as pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies. Matthew also works with several research institutions and university technology transfer departments across Europe.
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