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Durham University

Department of Chemistry

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Karl Coleman and Durham win THE Innovation Award

(30 November 2012)

David Walliams, Karl Coleman, Mike Bath, John Evans, Phile Govaert

Congratulations to Karl Coleman, the DBIS team, Karl’s supporters in Chemistry and Durham Graphene Science (DGS) for winning the 2012 Times Higher Education Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology”. One of the judges commented that “Durham’s approach to the production of synthetic graphene will have a major impact on manufacturing and allied industries, as well as on research disciplines. It is difficult to overstate the significance of this innovation.”

Karl accepted the award from David Walliams at a gala ceremony in London on Thursday evening.

Karl said “It’s great that THE have recognised the potential importance of the innovations behind Durham Graphene Science, and the huge amount of work that all the team have put in to get us to this point.”

Prof John Evans, Head of Department, said: “It’s wonderful that Karl’s work has been recognised in this way. The Department has a long tradition of transferring research ideas into real world products, and I’m delighted that this is continuing. It’s been fascinating to see DGS grow from a small activity hosted within the Department to its current stage. Karl has had great support from the Durham Business and Innovation Services and external sponsors to help achieve this. It’s also interesting and important that the academic to business transition isn’t a one way process – concepts developed with DGS are now creating exciting new research directions within the Department.”

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