Startup 2D-Tech provides products and services based on graphene from materials supply to consulting.
Versarien will also set up a research collaboration with the university, initially investing some £300,000 (about $500,000) in two projects in areas such as graphene composites.
"Versarien brings real-life experience in process scale-up and manufacturing to complement 2-DTech's understanding of the nature and quality threshold requirements for various applications of graphene, which is a rare skill set," said Branson Belle, CTO of 2-DTech, in a statement.
Versarien Ltd. (Cinderford, England) was founded in 2010 by Neil Ricketts, who serves as CEO, after he had begun working with a team at the University of Liverpool on the creation of porous metals.
The original interest in porous metals was general and related to such things as strength-to-weight ratio optimization but Ricketts could see a thermal management as a potential application. The company listed on the Alternative Investment Market in June 2013 and although lossmaking has raised nearly $10 million and acquired Total Carbide Ltd.
Neill Ricketts, CEO of Versarien plc, said: “The acquisition of 2-DTech coupled with the planned collaboration agreements with The University of Manchester, the established home of graphene, marks a significant opportunity for Versarien to progress its product range with highly complementary technologies. Versarien is already manufacturing over 37 tonnes per year of complex powder at its Total Carbide plant and combining this know-how with 2-DTech’s expertise, research facilities, and rights to intellectual property makes the early commercialization of graphene-related products far more likely in the near term on an industrial scale."
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