A collection of success stories on the use of graphene has recently been published. They present some of the applications of this exceptional material, from biomedicine to space, passing through optoelectronic communication systems, the next generation of wearable sensors and energy storage.

The Graphene and 2D materials on track to innovative applications CORDIS results pack showcases 12 articles highlighting the results of six research EU-funded projects in graphene and 2D materials areas. All articles are available in six different languages.

Seven of the articles cover different aspects of the Graphene Flagship, one of the European Union’s largest Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagships research initiatives.

Some notable work conducted by the Graphene Flagship includes collaborating with the European Space Agency (ESA) over using the compound in space applications. There are also discussions of using graphene in optoelectronic communication systems for faster data in years to come, as well as other quality and cost-effective commercial market applications. The Flagship has even investigated using the compound for biomedical applications in medical devices for treating diseases in the nervous system.

This collection of articles presents also results of research projects that are not funded by the Graphene Flagship, but still working with graphene or other 2D materials:

  • GRAPHEALTH produced the next generation of wearable sensors
  • GRASP applied interactions between graphene and light to quantum computing and biomedicine
  • GraTA developed tunneling accelerometers for use in machine vibration monitoring
  • HIGRAPHEN created dense polymer composites for use in optoelectronics and energy storage
  • PolyGraph (working closely with the Graphene Flagship) studied graphene-reinforced polymers for use in the aeronautics and automobiles sectors

Background:

Graphene is a two-dimensional atomic crystal made of carbon atoms and arranged in a hexagonal lattice. It has a numerous potential applications that range from electronics to composite materials.

With a width of only one atom, graphene is the thinnest compound and the lightest material known to man, as well as being exceptionally strong and flexible. It is also highly conductive, both electrically and thermally, thanks to its impermeable quality that enables electrons to flow faster than silicon.

The Graphene Flagship aims to take graphene and two-dimensional materials from laboratories to the European society to stimulate economic growth and create new jobs.

FET Flagships are long-term and large-scale research initiatives driven by an ambitious vision. They tackle major science and technology challenges expected to result in 'game changing' impacts that benefit economy and society and pave the way to the technological and industrial leadership of the EU.

More information:

Graphene and 2D materials on track to innovative applications – CORDIS Results Pack

The Graphene Flagship’s official website

The Graphene Flagship on Twitter

CORDIS website