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Monday, 28 January 2013

Graphene among two winning projects in EC Flagship programme

The European Commission has chosen Graphene as one of Europe’s first 10-year, €1 billion FET flagships. ICN is heavily involved through ICREA Prof Stephan Roche.

The Graphene Flagship aims to take graphene and related layered materials from academic laboratories to society, revolutionise multiple industries and create economic growth and new jobs in Europe. Over 70 universities, institutes and companies from 17 countries are involved.

With today’s announcement, Europe is launching a new form of joint, coordinated research initiative of unprecedented scale. The Graphene Flagship brings together an academic-industrial consortium aimed at a breakthrough for technological innovation. The research effort will cover the entire value chain, from materials production to components and system integration, and numerous specific goals that exploit the unique properties of graphene.

Major applications include fast electronic and optical devices, flexible electronics, functional lightweight components and advanced batteries. Examples of new products enabled by graphene technologies include fast, flexible and strong consumer electronics such as electronic paper and bendable personal communication devices, and lighter and more energy efficient airplanes. In the longer term, graphene is expected to give rise to new computational paradigms and revolutionary medical applications such as artificial retinas.

ICN, though ICREA Research Professor and Group Leader Dr Stephan Roche, is one of the nine founding members of the original Graphene Flagship initiative. Together with colleagues from University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and the group of Nobel laureate Albert Fert at CNRS/THALES (France), will be heading the Work Package (project division) on Graphene Spintronics

The Graphene Flagship will be coordinated by Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden). From its start in 2013, the Graphene Flagship will coordinate 126 academic and industrial research groups in 17 European countries with an initial 30-month-budget of €54 million. The management team is supported by a Strategic Advisory Council that includes the European Nobel Laureates Sir Andre Geim (chairman), Albert Fert, Klaus von Klitzing and Sir Kostya Novoselov, industrial representatives from Nokia and Airbus, and two representatives of the global graphene research community.

To download the official Graphene Flagship press release, click here.To download the official Graphene Flagship list of partners, click here.To reach the Graphene Flagship website, click here.To watch a video about the material graphene, click here.