The Graphene Flagship Report for 2018 has just been released and is available now.
The Graphene Flagship project brings together 145 academic and industrial partners in 21 countries. It has €1 billion of funding to facilitate research and innovation. This includes 31 partnering projects with 87 members. The project is halfway through its 10 year programme.
Here are a few paragraphs from the Innovation and the Business Developers sections.
“Innovation is at the core of the Graphene Flagship’s mission to create business impact from graphene technologies.”
In 2018 we have witnessed the move from materials research towards component development and system-level integration. Our focus is in strengthening our cooperation with industry stakeholders to increase technology readiness levels. The spearhead projects play a major role in this effort. Furthermore, our business developers are key players in creating the network connecting our research efforts to industry.
Their tasks range from scouting the recipients for our technologies to being messengers from industry when it comes to industry trends, needs and roadmaps. They arrange workshops and help teams to create business models.”
Each business developer serves a specific graphene application area and helps to identify industry needs and how graphene can address them.
Graphene has much to offer the next generation of electronics technology from chips and interconnects for data communication to flexible screens for wearable technology. With miniaturisation being a major driving factor of the electronics industry, graphene’s thinness coupled with its high room temperature conductivity shows great promise.
Graphene is paving the way for novel diagnosis and treatments, thanks to its unique properties, such as high surface area, electron mobility, and functionalisation potential. These are all favourable features for biomedical technologies. For example, graphene is an excellent platform for drug delivery due to its surface area, and couples as a biosensor, due to its high electrical conductivity.
COATINGS AND COMPOSITES
The next generation of composites and coatings can be enhanced by graphene. From anti-static and anticorrosion coatings to ultra-strong and ultra-lightweight composites, graphene can not only enhance the performance of current materials, but also enable new application fields.
FLEXIBLE AND WEARABLES
Ubiquitous computing and its integration with accessories such as bands, watches, glasses, clothing and implants, have resulted in an enhanced intra- and interconnectivity among humans and their environment. This future is on our doorstep thanks to recent technological advancements but requires a step-change in the building blocks of wearable technologies. Graphene and related materials (GRMs) are, due to their inherent properties, extremely suitable for such devices.
As the global population expands, the demand for energy production and storage constantly increases. Solar cells, batteries, super capacitors, hydrogen production and fuel cells are all areas where GRMs can make a difference. These could be used to produce new devices or integrate into current ones to boost their performance….”
Read the full Report by downloading as a PDF over here.
The Graphic refers to the innovation section pages. “The Graphene Flagship represents a new form of joint, coordinated research on an unprecedented scale, forming Europe’s biggest ever research initiative.”