Has the EU’s Graphene Flagship hit its 10-year targets?

Within the spring of 2010, physicist Jari Kinaret obtained an electronic mail from the European Fee. The EU’s government arm was searching for pitches from scientists for bold new megaprojects. Referred to as flagships, the initiatives would give attention to improvements that might remodel Europe’s scientific and industrial panorama. 

Kinaret, a professor at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, examined the preliminary proposals.

“I used to be not very impressed,” the 60-year-old tells TNW. “I assumed they might discover higher concepts.”

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Because it occurred, Kinaret had an concept of his personal: rising graphene. He determined to submit the subject for consideration.

That proposal lay the inspiration for the Graphene Flagship: the largest-ever European analysis program. Launched in 2013 with a €1 billion funds, the undertaking aimed to convey the “marvel materials” into the mainstream inside 10 years.

On the eve of that deadline, TNW spoke to Kinaret in regards to the undertaking’s progress over the previous decade — and his hopes for the subsequent one.

Graphene arrives in Europe

Scientists have pursued the one sheet of carbon atoms that represent graphene since 1859, however its existence wasn’t confirmed till 2004. The large breakthrough was sparked by a strikingly easy product: sticky tape.

Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, two physicists on the College of Manchester, would frequently maintain “Friday evening experiments,” the place they’d discover outlandish concepts.  At one such session, adhesive tape was used to extract tiny flakes from a lump of graphite. After repeatedly separating the thinnest fragments, they created flakes that have been only one atom thick. 

The researchers had remoted graphene — the primary two-dimensional materials ever found.

The researchers donated their graphite, tape and graphene transistor to the Nobel Museum