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Business connection

The executive board chairman then detailed

how the flagship is also taking steps to better

connect business with university partners, an

area that needs to see further development.

“Graphene Connect is organised by the flagship

to link industry with academia, with three or

four events happening every year. More needs

to be done in this area because there is a little

bit of a trade-off between these meetings and

more traditional trade shows or conferences.

We need to speak more of the language that is

necessary to talk with industry.

“We are going to appoint a new head of

innovation and we are going to really boost

this activity because we want more industries

to become involved. If you assess the last 12

months, we had over ten new companies

coming into the flagship as partners of the

Horizon 2020 phase, and as many associate

members. The flagship now has a clear

mission of getting more companies involved

to facilitate the translation of basic research

into applications.”

at the moment, and the Graphene Flagship has been receiving quite

positive praise, so we are happy about that.”

New work package

The Graphene Flagship currently comprises 16 work packages

incorporating both science and technology research and management

of the project. At the conference, Ferrari announced a new work package

to join the venture and outlined to Portal further details.

“‘Wafer-scale system integration’ will have a budget of around €2.2m a

year. This work package will target the integration of graphene in the

traditional semiconductor fab, which is a challenge that we need to

overcome. Once this obstacle has been defeated, you can really put

graphene in large scale consumer electronics.

“For the work package, we have selected two areas, namely silicon

photonics and sensors. We do not believe at the moment graphene

has a near term or even medium term interest for traditional

transistors themselves.

“There will also be another work package called ‘Biological applications’,

with a similar level of funding. This will target the integration of graphene

into biomedical devices, for example as sensors or retina implants. This

package was left out in the initial phase of the flagship because many of

the competing flagships were heavily biomedical based and it was felt

that the Graphene Flagship should focus on non-medical core activities.

We now feel we are ready to launch the message that bio is definitely a

very promising future area for graphene and related materials.”

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H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L

www.horizon2020projects.com

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The Graphene Flagship

is very keen to

encourage the greater

involvement of

business in the project