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The potential uses for graphene are endless and staff at the GEIC are working on projects with companies across a range of industries. Included below are some of the high-level categories in which we currently have active projects.

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Nationwide Engineering Group is a construction organisation with integrated companies specialising in development, building, rail, air, energy and professional services.
Company

Nationwide Engineering Group

Industry

Construction

Date engaged

May 2019

Background

What does Nationwide Engineering do?

Nationwide Engineering Group is a construction organisation with integrated companies specialising in development, building, rail, air, energy and professional services.

Who are your typical customers?

We sell to a range of clients, which extend from government to small private companies.

How did you discover the GEIC?

Our MD attended an ICE evening meeting at Manchester University hosted by James Baker.

The challenge ...
Why did you initially engage with the GEIC?

We saw a huge opportunity to develop materials that could solve real world construction problems and to increase our ability to offer our clients novel and value engineered solutions.

What are you looking to improve in the product?

We are looking to create and/or improve traditional construction materials using nano-additives such as graphene.

What do you hope graphene will deliver for your business?

We’re hopeful that graphene will be able to increase the functionality and sustainability of construction materials.

“Working with the team at the GEIC has provided us with some tangible insight into how the use of graphene has the potential to significantly improve common materials used across the construction industry.”

– Alex McDermott, joint MD

Alex McDermott, Joint Managing Director Nationwide Engineering Group & Nationwide Rail
The engagement ...
How did the company engage with the GEIC?

We made contact immediately after the ICE meeting and have developed an appreciation of the materials potential and current applications with the team at GEIC.

What exploratory work and testing was completed?

The first stage has allowed us to identify a range of potential construction applications and we are now moving forward to trialling these in real world testing.

Describe any prototypes that were created

None at this stage of the project.

The outcome ...
As a result of the phase 1 work, what was produced?

A presentation and workshop identifying the potential of using graphene within construction materials which will be used to form the basis of a R&D project.

What findings were discovered from the project?

We are still at an early stage, but confident that graphene has the potential to significantly enhanced a broad range of construction materials.

How will these finding help commercialise the product?

If we can help bring graphene-enhanced construction materials to market then the scope is huge. Many materials used today have not changed significantly in over 100 years.

Next steps ...
What steps are required to take this to a commercial product?

We will now be conducting a full feasibility study in conjunction with the GEIC to identify and test particular construction materials.

How has engaging with the GEIC prepped you?

We’ve learnt an awful lot about 2D materials and the benefits that they can bring, but equally the GEIC has benefitted from some real-world construction knowledge.

What are the timescales to get to a commercial product?

We will be concluding this next stage within the next 6 months.