Scientists at the University of Leeds have created a new form of gold which is just two atoms thick - the thinnest unsupported gold ever created.
Researchers have come up with a theory to explain one of the mysteries at the heart of quantum physics.
The University has appointed Professor Edmund Linfield as the first Director for the Bragg Centre for Materials Research.
Professor Nora de Leeuw has been announced as the inaugural Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
The funding is part of the Office for Students local challenge competition.