The Future and Emerging Technologies Flagship on Graphene has released its annual report on the main scientific and technological achievements of the past year. The successful transition from the ramp-up phase to the first Core Project launched in April 2016 shows a promising way towards reaching the project main objective of taking graphene and related materials from the laboratory to commercial applications.

Cover page of the report showing graphene hexagonal lattice in blue background

If you got curious after reading stories such as the sensor made out of Silly Putty, the first graphene enhanced aircraft model or the graphene motorcycle helmet, the report gives you an overview of the Graphene Flagship, with a one-page summary of each work package, ranging from Spintronics to Wafer Scale Systems Integration, and from Energy Storage to Health and Safety.

Graphene Flagship Director Jari Kinaret highlights that "during 2016 the Flagship has continued to produce excellent scientific and technological results […] and attracted many new Associated Members and several Partnering Projects, showing that the Flagship impact extends beyond the EC-funded Core Project". He also stresses that "many work packages are becoming more technology-oriented and ideas are evolving to concrete prototypes that have true promise in society outside the academic laboratories".

Science and Technology Officer, Andrea Ferrari, announces that Spearhead Projects will start in 2018 as part of the Graphene Flagship. These application-oriented subprojects will cover applications in high speed telecommunications, a new solar farm, a new pilot line for silicon-graphene batteries, new and smart radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for the Internet of Things, new wearable sensors and smart textiles.

Full annual report

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Graphene Flagship

Future & Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagships programme