Anorak | George Osborne’s £50m grant for better condoms

George Osborne’s £50m grant for better condoms

by | 20th, November 2013

The team behind the wonder material graphene developed at the University of Manchester in 2004 has just got a big new commission: making condoms.

Graphene is strong, light, nearly transparent, and an excellent conductor of heat and electricity, qualities that have got it dubbed a supermaterial and tipped for use in airplane wings, internet cables and foldable computers. Chancellor George Osborne is a vocal fan, putting £50m into the department making it in 2011 and trumpeting the superthin layers of carbon as a bright new hope for British industry.

But that’s not all graphene is good for … some of the team working on it at Manchester have just landed a deal to make condoms out of it. 


The commission to revolutionise condoms comes from Bill Gates or his foundation at least which run a yearly round of Grand Challenges dishing out funding to ideas that can improve health in the developing world.

The Manchester project won in the Develop the Next Generation of Condom s section.

Condoms could be so much better,  the GrandChallenge  states:

Condoms have been in use for about 400 years

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