Andrey Turchanin from Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) and Yuri Svirko from University of Eastern Finland have been appointed by the Graphene Flagship Executive Board as the new leader and deputy, respectively, of the Graphene Flagship Partnering Division. The vote took place in November and, altogether, 39 Associated Members' representatives voted (43.6%). Andrey Turchanin received 21 votes (53.85%) and Yuri Svirko received 18 votes (46.15%).
The primary responsibilities of the Graphene Flagship Partnering Division are to improve cooperation through the identification of opportunities for various types of synergies between Core partners, Partnering Projects (PPs) and Associated Members (AMs), and to provide recommendations on the partnering mechanism to the Graphene Flagship management and other relevant stakeholders based on the feedback and direct interactions with the Partnering Division members. They will gather feedback from Partnering Division members on a regular basis on their needs and challenges in engaging in collaborations with the Graphene Flagship.
Andrey Turchanin is Head of the Laboratory of Applied Physical Chemistry & Molecular Nanotechnology at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. With broad and long-term experience of more than ten years in graphene and related 2D materials for academic research and industrial applications, he was coordinator of the project "Graphene Nanomembranes from Molecular Monolayers" at the Graphene Flagship Open Call from 2014 to 2016. He was also a member of Work Package Enabling Materials and Work Package Flexible Electronics in the Graphene Flagship Core 1 Project from 2016 to 2018. In the FLAG-ERA Joint Transnational Call 2017, he is coordinator of the H2O ("Heterostructures of 2D Materials and Organic Semiconductor Nanolayers") Partnering Project.
"The Partnering Projects, with their complementary expertise, bring great added value to the Graphene Flagship´s scientific community enabling new possibilities both in research and in industrial implementation of graphene and related 2D materials," says Turchanin
Yuri Svirko is a physics prrofessor at the Department of Physics and Mathematics at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). He was the principal investigator on the UEF team, which was involved in the Graphene Flagship ramp up phase and Core 1, therefore he has experience working both as a partner and as an Associate Member of the Flagship. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of graphene science, with wide experience in EU and national projects focused on the fabrication of micro and nanoscale optical components, among others. Yuri Svirko is also the principal investigator of the CoExAN Partnering Project "Collective Excitations in Advanced Nanostructures".
The Support of the SCOPE Project to the GF Partnering Division
The SCOPE project, funded by the European Commission, provides support to institutions and researchers involved in Graphene Flagship Partnering Projects (PPs) and Associated Members (AMs) by granting several types of grants to help them integrate with the Graphene Flagship Core projects. Communication of research results is also offered via news articles and dissemination in social media.
The Graphene Flagship Partnering Division is also supported by the SCOPE travel grants that make the attendance of their members to the governance meetings of the Graphene Flagship posible. Andrey Turchanin is also a member of the SCOPE Advisory Committee.