The KTN provided an opportunity for UK companies to gain a unique insight into Graphene and 2D Materials sector by accompanying the KTN on a visit to the 5th Graphene Conference in Bilbao, 10-13th March 2015.
Some of the feedback we received included:
“As a young SME, the opportunity has benefitted us immensely. Without funding from the KTN, it would not have been possible to attend the conference resulting in a number of missed opportunities for us.
The conference is the largest on graphene and graphene-related materials bringing together all aspects of research and development in these areas. In particular, the conference proved to be very useful in terms of improving our understanding of growth related and materials analysis technologies, successful techniques used in graphene surface modification/ graphene devices and also in better understanding the competitive landscape.
The conference presented many useful other chances to network and proved to be an excellent platform for ProGnomics to introduce our organisation to influential top scientists, engineers and business leaders specialised in the various aspects of Graphene research and commercialisation and at the forefront of innovation.”
“As I was sitting there meditating on where we are today, ten years on since Geim and Novoselov first published their findings in 2004, an email arrived from the UK's Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) offering a bursary to enable SME's to visit the Graphene 2015 conference to be hosted in Bilbao. It was perfect timing, this was my opportunity to go in search of the 'golden fleece', the industrially scalable pristine graphene sheets sourced from natural graphite that could bridge the gap between where we are now and where we would like to be in the future with laboratory grown graphene. I applied for the bursary and a week later it was confirmed that I had been granted this opportunity. I headed to Bilbao.
The key highlight of the conference was the workshop for worldwide graphene initiatives, funding and priorities with a host of countries presenting their efforts in these areas. Having each speaker present in sequence allowed the audience to compare the strategies of different countries to better understand the global market. It appears that the worldwide race is still on to find Graphene's killer application.”
“NetComposites received a bursary from KTN-UK to attend the conference as attending Graphene 2015 would afford NetComposites the opportunity to gain a valuable insight into the current technological direction of graphene science and technology as well as where graphene is being used across different market sectors and different geographic locations.
The first session of the conference started with a keynote presentation from Pulickel Ajayan from Rice University, USA. This presentation not only covered the fundamental research on graphene but also looked at research that is being conducted with other 2D materials.
In addition to the science, the first session delivered the quote of the conference, in a presentation by Antonio H. Castro Neto from the National University of Singapore, he stated that “Graphene is like a Koala” and posed the question “Where is the Tiger?”. The hope was that we would find the tiger during the rest of the conference!
Another interesting aspect of the conference was an Industrial Forum on the Commercialisation of Graphene. This was a full day session with 13 presentations from 6 countries with all but one of the presentations coming from industrial representatives.”
The full visit reports from the companies that attended are now available here.