Graphene project coordinated by Chalmers University of Technology has been
chosen as EU’s first FET Flagship project. VTT is part of this 10-year project
and has a significant role in a work package concentrating on development of
Graphene, a layer of carbon only one atom thick, is one of the hottest topics
in material science. With this new flagship project EU makes a significant
effort on graphene development. The mission of Graphene project is to take
graphene and related layered materials from academic laboratories to society.
The research effort will cover the entire value chain from materials
production to components and system integration, and targets a number of
specific goals that exploit the unique properties of graphene.
VTT’s focus in the project is related to graphene processing development,
device development and characterization and implementation of demonstrators.
Development work is also done on graphene -based flexible energy solutions,
flexible components for energy storage and energy harvesting, flexible
antennas and transparent conductors, and also system-level platform for
flexible electronics. VTT’s partners in the work package are Nokia, STM, LETI,
CNR, Graphenea, Varta , University of Cambridge and University of Lille.
Existence of graphene was proven scientifically in 2004 and research of the
material has just taken its first steps. Graphene’s characteristics are top
notch: it is extremely strong, flexible, thin, transparent and conductive.
With this combination only sky is the limit in application development. It has
been estimated that the first graphene-related products on the market are
going to be sensors, sports equipment and flexible electronics. After decades
of development work it can be possible to replace even silicon with graphene.