Brunel Composites Centre (BCC) Research Team including Akram Zitoun, Nithin Jayasree, Dr. Sadik Omairey and Director Mihalis Kazilas recently published a journal article for Springer Nature Applied Sciences Journal entitled “Graphene based strain sensing in composites for structural and health monitoring applications”.
The paper investigates the use of Graphene-based strain sensors to monitor composite structures. The Graphene sensor offers great flexibility and a high level of sensitivity as it can be applied on the surface of the structure, offering retrofitting capabilities or integrated within the structure to equip the material with smart features. The paper can be accessed from this link

The work was conducted as part of the Graphosite project (Graphosite – A Graphene Sensor for Defect Detection and Predictive Maintenance in Composite Materials). Graphosite is a 1.3 Millions funded project through Innovate UK, including 6 partners: Brunel University London, ADVISE-DETA LIMITED, DZP Technologies, Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology, TWI and Haydale Composite Solutions.


TWI one of the partners of the GRAPHOSITE project, has been performing mechanical testing of composite specimens in order to validate the graphene sensors. More information on the testing can be found at the following link.

For consecutive year, GRAPHOSITE was invited to participate in the UltraMAT Open Day 2020 Workshop. The UltraMAT ( is also an Innovate UK funded project, where Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology Ltd. (CNT) is one of its partners in charge of Exploitation and Dissemination.

The event took place at Murray Edwards College in Cambridge on the 30th of January. The GRAPHOSITE Project had an exhibition desk and James Essien, Project Leader from TWI gave a presentation about the GRAPHOSITE project and TWI activities. Dr Sofia Sampethai, who was formerly leading the GRAPHOSITE project, gave also a talk about her new involvement in other TWI projects.

This was a great opportunity for the GRAPHOSITE project to get the interest of other organisations in their activities.



GRAPHOSITE was invited to participate at the Nano-Carbon Enhanced Materials (NCEM) consortium meeting (joined to the Advanced Materials for Additive Manufacturing –AMAM- consortium meeting) on the 10th and 11th July 2019 at Wolfson College, Cambridge.

This consortium is run by Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology Ltd, one of the GRAPHOSITE partners who is in charge of Exploitation and Dissemination. The Nano-Carbon Enhanced Materials (NCEM) Consortium was put together in order to provide the consortium members a unique insight into nanocarbon materials such as graphene and carbon nanotubes, facilitate the commercial uptake and bring together potential users with a shared interest to address commercialisation challenges.

Dr Sofia Sampethai from TWI, Dr Nithin Amirth Jayasree from BCC and Thomas Greaves from Haydale were invited to present at the meeting. There was an exhibition desk with information on the GRAPHOSITE project. It was a great opportunity for the GRAPHOSITE project to get the interest of other organisations in their activities and in the forthcoming Open Day.


The GRAPHOSITE Project is delighted to announce their 1st Open Day Workshop at Robinson College in Cambridge on the 20th November 2019. This will be a great opportunity to meet the GRAPHOSITE partners, learn about their products, services and the new developments of this project. We have confirmed participation from guests coming from the following organisations: BAE Systems, BT, Schlumberger Cambridge Research, Lucideon, GoodFellow, ARUP, Bitrez Limited, BSI, MBDA UK Ltd. Rolls Royce, Prysmian Group, Versarien, Bridon Bekaert Ropes Group, Cranfield University, University of Cambridge, UCL and University of Surrey.

Participation is free, but registration is required. If you are interested in attending, you could download the registration form from here or request it from

The Composites World has published an article about the GRAPHOSITE project on their 29 March 2019 edition. This article can be found here

The JEC Group magazine has also published another article about the project in the April edition. You can read the article here.

The GRAPHOSITE Partner, TWI, has been behind this effort.