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Graphene is wonderful – The Graphene Flagship project presents innovations in Brussels

Posted By Graphene Council, The Graphene Council, Thursday, September 26, 2019
European Commission funded research project, the Graphene Flagship, will demonstrate a selection of the project’s most exciting innovations at the Science is Wonderful exhibition in Brussels, Belgium, on 25 and 26 September 2019. The free exhibition, held at Tour & Taxis, a redeveloped industrial space in Brussels, is part of the European Research and Innovation Days and aims to bring a world of science and technology to the general public.

Demonstrations from the Graphene Flagship include technology that has been developed for human health and wellbeing. For example, a graphene-based brain implant that could be used to provide information on the onset of seizures. The new technology, which has been developed by Graphene Flagship partners the Microelectronic Institute of Barcelona (IMB-CNM, CSIC), the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and ICFO, demonstrates a major step in understanding the functions of the human brain.

The exhibition will also showcase examples of graphene dispersions and graphite electrodes manufactured by Graphene Flagship partner Talga. As a high-tech materials company and a leader in bulk graphene and graphite supply, Talga will demonstrate how graphene can easily be exfoliated from graphite, illustrating the journey from material exfoliation, right through to commercialisation.

Other demonstrations at Science is Wonderful include a newly developed virtual reality (VR) system which can be used to construct, manipulate and build graphene and other layered material structures. Developed by Graphene Flagship partner the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the VR system demonstrates clearly how graphene can be modified and manipulated, with the ability to edit molecules and perform calculations on their electronic properties in real-time.

The VR system gives students and other citizens an unforgettable, low-barrier to entry for the complex machinery of atomic-scale materials and technology. However, it can also provide even experienced researchers with a unique sandbox for scientific problem solving, quantitative analysis, idea generation and discovery.

“The Graphene Flagship’s presence at Science is Wonderful will bolster its efforts to promote the use of graphene in commercial products,” explained Jari Kinaret, director of the Graphene Flagship. “During the first five years of our ambitious Graphene Flagship project, we managed to bring together academic researchers and industrial business leaders to create and commercialise technologies that are already improving European society — the demonstrations at Science is Wonderful will showcase some beautiful examples.”

Tags:  CSIC  Graphene  Graphene Flagship  Healthcare  ICFO  ICN2  Jari Kinaret  Technical University of Denmark 

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The European FET Flagship Fleet Showcase at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona

Posted By Graphene Council, The Graphene Council, Tuesday, February 26, 2019
In 2016, the Mobile World Congress' Graphene Flagship opened a window for the 100.000+ visitors to learn and interact with the most disruptive graphene-based technologies developed in Europe. Now in its 4th edition, the Graphene Pavilion demonstrates how graphene enables a whole new connectivity approach thanks to its unique properties, from the single connected device to a mesh network of embedded processors, sensors and communication hardware that conform the Internet of Things ecosystem. In addition, visitors can virtually walk through the production process of the material itself, providing evidence about how these materials are being produced at large scale, and at low cost.

In this edition, MWC19 intends on boosting the disruptive technologies available in the NexTech Hall. Coming into the game as a new player, the recently launched Quantum Flagship makes its official presentation at MWC19, bringing to the audience a grasp of quantum technologies that aim to radically improve the telecommunications arena. In this singular space, the Quantum Flagship will tell visitors about the trends in quantum communications, including a prototype of a quantum random number generator chip provided by the company Quside, a partner of the flagship.

With a life span of 10 years and a budget of at least EUR 1 billion each, FET Flagships are the among the most ambitious research projects funded by the European Commission. The Graphene and Quantum flagships have the common goal of taking and transferring the discoveries and research from the lab to the market into commercial applications that will help create the next generation of disruptive technologies, searching to position Europe as a worldwide knowledge-based industrial and technological leader in both innovative fields.

"The Graphene Pavilion is a great opportunity for us to display the latest results of graphene-based technologies to a broad range of decision makers and to meet with industry on their own turf" comments Prof. Jari Kinaret, director of the Graphene Flagship. "Events like the Mobile World Congress are of increasing importance to the Graphene Flagship as we move to higher technology readiness levels and get closer to the market."

Prof. Tommaso Calarco, from the Institute for Quantum Control of Forschungszentrum Jülich and coordinator of the Quantum Coordination and Support Action in charge of successfully launching the Quantum Flagship mentions, "We are really excited for this opportunity to be present at MWC19 - an opportunity for us to reach out to a very broad audience. Quantum technologies are receiving increasing attention worldwide, both from big companies and from the general public, and we are going to do our best to make this emerging field as accessible and understandable for everyone as we can."

Tags:  Graphene  Institute for Quantum Control of Forschungszentrum  Jari Kinaret  The Graphene Flagship  Tommaso Calarco 

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Graphene Flagship Achieving Real Results!

Posted By Terrance Barkan, Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Graphene Flagship is the EU's largest ever research initiative with more than 150 partners in over 20 European countries.

Since early 2017, 15 new partners have been accepted and the number of Associated Members and Partnering Projects continues to grow, adding value to the joint graphene and related materials research effort.

According to European Commission's interim review report of the project's first year following the two-and-half-year ramp-up phase, the Graphene Flagship has achieved most of its objectives and milestones and has delivered exceptional results with significant immediate or potential impact.

The Graphene Flagship consortia has produced over 600 scientific publications, 37 patent applications, 17 products on the market and six spin-off companies during this 12-month period.

The Graphene Flagship is further commended for focusing its work towards a more industrially oriented initiative with a higher Technology Readiness Level.

"We are glad to have received such a positive evaluation feedback from the European Commission as it is an important acknowledgement that we are progressing in the right direction towards our overall goal, which is taking graphene and related materials from academic laboratories to the factory floor," says Jari Kinaret, Director of the Graphene Flagship.

Significant results close to commercial exploitation mentioned in the report include the Airbus winglet made of graphene composites, a motorcycle helmet with a graphene coating, a new viscoelastic graphene-polymer sensor material, perovskite photovoltaic cells with improved stability and a demonstration of tuneable ion sieving using GO membrane for water desalination.

Graphene enhanced helmet by Italian Graphene Flagship partner IIT and MomoDesign on display at Composites Europe in Düsseldorf - Courtesy of Graphene Flagship

These achievements are all the more impressive when considering how long it has traditionally taken a new material to break through to commercial application. 

As stated in this recent blog, Thomas Skordas, the EU Director "Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure" at the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) said;

"Firstly, it takes time to do research and generate good results. Usually up to 20 years is needed for a new material to find its way to market. Thanks to its long lasting collaboration between academia and industry, Graphene Flagship proves that this process can be substantially accelerated, contributing to shortening drastically the cycle from research to innovation.  The results start showing that this is a valuable research and innovation model."

We couldn't agree more. 

The mission of The Graphene Council is to support the commercial adoption of graphene, world-wide.

We congratulate the Graphene Flagship and its many partners on the progress they are making and wherever possible, we will continue to support and compliment those efforts. 

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For more information, download a summary of the Graphene Flagship Review Report

Tags:  Commer  EU  European Union  Graphene Helmet  Jari Kinaret  The Graphene Flagship  Thomas Skodas 

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