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Future 50 star: Durham Graphene Science

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The company: Durham Graphene Science (DGS)

The boss: Dr Karl Coleman

The miracle substance of nanotechnology is graphene – a sheet of carbon one atom thick. It has stunning strength and amazing electrical and thermal properties. Hard to make, though. DGS is a spin-out from Durham University, specialising in the making of graphene. The founder, Dr Karl Coleman, won the RSC Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year award this year.

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