A sheet model of graphene, which scientists are trying to create more cheaply The centre, based at the University of Manchester, will build on advances made in developing materials like graphene. The UK Government’s Chancellor, George Osborne called it a “massive investment” in science in the North West of England.

Focusing on the rapidly growing field of materials science, the new centre will investigate developments across a wide range of disciplines including nanotechnology, engineering and chemistry.

This is separate from the £100m already announced for graphene