The Graphene Flagship – the EU's biggest research initiative ever - kicks off with an inaugural meeting at Chalmers University in Sweden this week. The Flagship is one of two projects awarded a billion euros each in funding from the European Commission.
In January 2013, the EU announced GRAPHENE as a technology flagship, signalling a continent-wide effort to advance the development of the revolutionary material to mass-market applications. This cements the understanding that scientific research must work alongside industry and market leaders to ensure development progresses towards industrially viable applications.
Participating in the project are 74 partners from 17 countries, as well as representatives from the European Commission. The emphasis on industry-academia partnership is especially relevant for Graphenea, the biggest supplier of graphene in the consortium.
The Graphene Flagship mission is to take graphene and related layered materials from a state of raw potential to a point where they can revolutionize multiple industries - from flexible, wearable and transparent electronics, to high performance computing and spintronics. This is expected to bring a new dimension to future technology-a faster, thinner, stronger, flexible, and broadband revolution. The program will put Europe at the heart of the research, development, and commercialization process, with expected impact both on technological innovation and economic exploitation of layered materials.