Published on March 28th, 2013 | by Amy Brown0
Graphene research gets major boost
Researchers at Sweden’s Chalmers University won 1 billion euros ($1.35 billion) in European Union funding in late January to lead a project to investigate graphene, the thinnest and toughest material ever produced which conducts electricity 30 times faster than silicon. Royal Philips Electronics NV, Alcatel- Lucent SA, Thales SA (HO) and Nokia Oyj are among the companies involved in the program.
Graphene’s unique combination of superior properties paves the way for new disruptive technologies in a wide range of fields. Key applications are for instance fast electronic and optical devices, flexible electronics, functional lightweight components and advanced batteries. Examples of new products enabled by graphene technologies include fast, flexible and strong consumer electronics such as electronic paper and bendable personal communication devices, and lighter and more energy efficient airplanes. On the longer term, graphene is expected to give rise to new computational paradigms and revolutionary medical applications such as artificial retinas.