Graphene Flagship Articles
Setting standards for graphene materials
Silicon was first discovered in 1787, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that it became widely used in industry. In contrast, the Graphene Flagship has been working to bring graphene to the market in just ten years. Determining accepted technical standards for graphene will play a large part in meeting that deadline. In this article, Thurid Gspann, Chair of the Graphene Flagship Standardisation Committee (GFSC), has explained why standardisation...
Graphene Flagship works towards sustainability goals
Does science have a responsibility to be sustainable? The Graphene Flagship, one of the European Commission’s biggest research projects, is working to bring graphene out of labs and into society. But, what kind of impact will graphene have on daily life? In this article Vincenzo Palermo, Vice Director of the Graphene Flagship, discusses how they are spearheading towards sustainability.
Graphene innovation in Finland
In Finland, PhD graduates are welcomed to wear a ceremonial top hat and sword for their graduation. This unusual tradition is just one of the country’s curious quirks. For instance, did you know there are more saunas than cars in Finland? What’s also lesser known, is Finland’s extensive contribution to graphene research through European project, the Graphene Flagship.
Tech transfer offers an alternative path for scientists
Knowledge and technology transfer, or KTT, played a role in the creation of everything from Google to Gatorade. The Graphene Flagship explores this growing field, and how it connects academia with industry. At some point in their career, almost every researcher must make a choice between academia and industry. Some stick faithfully to one end of the spectrum, while others move between the two at different stages of their career. KT...
Graphene Flagship launches new diversity initiative
European research consortium, the Graphene Flagship has launched a new diversity initiative. Diversity in Graphene builds on the success of the Graphene Flagship’s Women in Graphene programme, but aims to represent all minority and marginalised communities, currently underrepresented in science. The initiative was introduced during the Graphene Flagship’s three-day digital conference, Graphene For Re...
Are virtual conferences the future of networking?
Could the stereotype of academics standing in front of a chalkboard be replaced by virtual reality? In light of worldwide event cancellations, scientists are rethinking how they network. Today, researchers are turning to online platforms as a way to connect with researchers and journalists around the globe. Here, Luciana Löberg, Events Manager at Graphene Flagship, explores the future of virtual conferences and their potential to o...
Digital event offers insight into future of energy storage
Following the success of Graphene For Energy Storage - a digital event to investigate the potential of nanomaterials in energy - the Graphene Flagship has launched its 'Graphene For' digital event series. The multi-event series will discuss the latest research and technologies from the realm of materials science.
Graphene and layered materials will speed up quantum communications
Launched in late 2018, Nu Quantum recently became an Associate Member of the EU-funded Graphene Flagship project. The startup, a spin off from the Cavendish Laboratory at Graphene Flagship partner the University of Cambridge, UK, specialises in single-photon quantum technology that is set to create unbreakable encryption keys.
Graphene and related materials inks improve solar cells
Imagine the environmental benefits if we could all simply paint solar cells onto the roof of our houses, or onto any surface for that matter. We could do this using Perovskite Solar Cells (PSC), but, due to their instability, they have not yet been widely introduced. Now, researchers from the Graphene Flagship have developed hybrids of graphene and molybdenum disulphide quantum dots to stabilise PSCs.
Bringing graphene and new materials to market
Remember the computer triode? Unless you’re an early-tech enthusiast, it’s unlikely. Used as switches in the first electronic computers, these vacuum tubes consumed a great deal of power. They were unreliable and upon the invention of silicon chips, were quickly replaced. A new material has the potential to shift entire industries. Here, Kari Hjelt, Head of Innovation of Graphene Flagship explains how graphene is set to do t...
Funding received for implant to treat brain disorders
Graphene Flagship spin-off, INBRAIN Neuroelectronics has just received a €1m investment from Sabadell Asabys, Alta Life Sciences, ICF and Finaves. This spin-off was born from Graphene Flagship partners the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and ICREA to speed up the development of novel graphene-based implants to optimise the treatment of brain disorders, such as Parkinson's and epilepsy.
Going green with graphene
There is huge demand to find greener renewable alternatives to our traditional, finite energy sources. Now, graphene is unlocking new possibilities within the energy sector, creating a more efficient and sustainable future.
Ready to wear: wireless and battery free wearables
WearGRAPH, a two-year long project part of the EU’s Graphene Flagship initiative, has developed a graphene-based, battery free wearable device that is also a wireless and flexible device for power electronics. This new design overcomes problems associated with more conventional modes of power supply in wearable electronics, including the inconvenience of recharging batteries and safety concerns.
Research initiatives centre stage at Mobile World Congress
From February 24th to 27th at Mobile World Congress 2020, Barcelona, Deep Tech EU will showcase large-scale research initiatives of the European Commission. The Deep Tech EU space, supported by GSMA and the EU, will highlight the latest technologies developed by the Graphene Flagship, the Human Brain Project, the Quantum Flagship, and host the official presentation to the public of the new Battery 2030+ initiative.
Graphene, quantum and the brain: put it together and what do you get?
From 24th to 27th February at Mobile World Congress 2020, Barcelona, Deep Tech EU will feature a 300sqm+ pavilion showcasing large-scale research initiatives of the European Commission. The Deep Tech EU space, supported by GSMA and the EU, will highlight the latest technologies developed by the Graphene Flagship, the Human Brain Project, the Quantum Flagship, and host the official presentation to the public of the new&nbs...
Graphene Flagship projects aim to shape EU’s environmental future
The Graphene Flagship has announced the launch of eleven new “Spearhead Projects”, each developed to take graphene-enabled prototypes to commercial applications. The success of the first Spearhead Projects, launched in 2018 - which included the world’s first graphene-enabled solar farm - inspired the Graphene Flagship to keep investing in these initiatives, aiming to take graphene-enabled products from the lab to end-users.
Graphene project completes zero-gravity experiments
On May 2019, the Graphene Flagship embarked on a campaign of zero-gravity parabolic flights to test novel thermal management graphene devices for space applications. The unique properties of graphene can significantly improve their performance.
Graphene goes to space
Graphene Flagship partners, Université Libre de Bruxelles, University of Pisa and the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC), launched a rocket into space from Kiruna, Sweden on June 24th.
Turn your mobile phone into a life saving device
The Graphene Pavilion, organised by the Graphene Flagship and supported by the European Commission and GSMA, is returning to Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 with over 20 graphene-based prototypes, four of which are developed by the Graphene Flagship partner ICFO, based in Barcelona. These technologies aim to turn mobile phones into life saving devices.