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Graphene in flexible electronics

It is well known that because graphene is only one atom thick it is transparent and so it should lend itself to use in transparent electronics and this is what has happened with the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield developing a prototype semi-transparent LED device that could be used for flexible screens. The protoype makes use of other 2D materials incuding boron nitride which...
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Imperfect graphene sheets for fuel cell membranes

The current challenge for those organisations producing graphene is that the layers can contain defects and they need to produce sheets with no defects for many applications where the impermeability of graphene is key. However it seems that the mebranes for fuel cells might benefit from these defects as it will allow the protons from water to pass, something that the current polymer...
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2-DTech Endeavours to Create High Performance Corrosion Inhibiting Coatings Using Graphene

Helping industry unlock graphene’s potential, 2-DTech has embarked upon research which could have huge impact on the effectiveness of electronics and electrical equipment in demanding industrial environments. The company, a spin-out of the University of Manchester (where graphene was first isolated), has secured an Innovate UK grant for £100,000 to finance a project with the long term goal...
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Could your company benefit from attending Graphene 2015?

The KTN’s Graphene Special Interest Group aims to stimulate the development of potential commercial applications of graphene. To this end we are offering a limited number of bursaries for businesses that would benefit from attending the 5th Graphene Conference in Bilbao, 10th-13th March 2015. This is an opportunity for UK companies to gain a unique insight into the graphene and 2D...
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2-DTech & Dyesol Announce Cooperation to Develop Graphene Enhanced Photovoltaic Devices

Helping industry unlock graphene’s potential, 2-DTech has been awarded a grant worth £98,000 from InnovateUK to carry out research relating to graphene being integrated into solid state dye-sensitised solar cells. As a result, the company is linking up with solar technology specialist Dyesol in order to undertake this new, high profile project. Currently the vast majority of...
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New pentagonal graphene

Researchers from USA, China and Japan have discovered a new form of single layer graphene where the carbon atom building blocks are pentagons and that appears to be dynamically, thermally and mechanically stable.  Most forms of carbon are made of hexagonal building blocks, sometimes interspersed with pentagons whereas this material, temred penta-graphene would be a unique...
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Graphene – six ways wonder material could improve world sustainability

Graphene, the “wonder material”, continues to capture the imagination. A honeycomb of carbon atoms so thin it is considered two-dimensional, graphene is stronger than diamond, more electrically conductive than copper and more bendable than rubber. In the decade since its discovery at the University of Manchester, tens of millions of pounds have been ploughed into researching the...
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Graphene SIG Review 2014

The first year of the Graphene SIG was a busy one. Our first and biggest task was to support the first dedicated graphene funding call from Innovate UK and EPSRC - Realising the Graphene Revolution - which opened in April 2014. The Graphene SIG organised four consortia building workshops around the UK which were structured to provide an opportunity for those interested in...
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Introducing Graphene Study 2015

As part of its extensive education and outreach activities, Europe’s Graphene Flagship will soon stage a second Graphene Study week. This will take place from 23-28 March 2015 in Kaprun, a small town in the alpine Pinzgau region of Austria. Graphene Study brings together research students working on graphene and related two-dimensional materials with experienced scientists and engineers...
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UCL joins Graphene Flagship

A team including four UCL departments has joined the EU’s Graphene Flagship project, giving the university a foothold in one of the biggest scientific programmes currently underway. Graphene is a revolutionary material, a sheet of carbon just one atom thick. It was first produced in the lab a decade ago by scientists at the University of Manchester, and won them the 2010 Nobel Prize in...
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Innovate UK Smart Round 5

Smart is a grant scheme which offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology, from which successful new products, processes and services could emerge. The scheme supports SMEs carrying out R&D which offers potentially significant rewards and that could stimulate UK...
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Technology Inspired Innovation - Innovate UK Competition

Innovate UK is to invest up to £2m in feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across four enabling technology areas: advanced materials biosciences electronics,  sensors and photonics information and communications .     Innovate UK are seeking proposals that will kick-start the delivery of genuinely new products and...
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European Funding Opportunities for SMEs

Join the Knowledge Transfer Network for a lunchtime webinar on 12 th January 2015 to hear more about European funding opportunities and initiatives available to UK registered SME’s. Find out more about the Horizon 2020 SME instrument from the UK National Contact Point Jane Watkins who will also introduce the new ‘Fast Track to Innovation’ instrument to be launched in January 2015. ...
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Graphene commercialisation: 2014 and the outlook

2014 has been an eventful year for the graphene industry. The first round of commercial applications has already been announced, and the industry has witnessed intense investment and acquisition activity while further companies have gone public. Despite the high interest, the valuation of public graphene companies has been on the decline, returning largely to where they were at the time of...
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Breakthrough M-ERA.Net Project to Develop High Volume Manufacturing for Graphene-Based Biosensors

Haydale’s graphene-based conductive inks will enable cost-effective biosensor technology for medical and environmental testing Haydale, the company focused on the commercialisation of graphenes and other nanomaterials, has announced its partnership in BIOGRAPHY, a breakthrough project backed by EU funding network, M-ERA.Net. Utilising Haydale’s HDPlas® graphene-based conductive inks,...
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Top 10 Current and Upcoming Industrial Applications of Graphene

The challenge for the graphene industry going forward is to push itself, without subsidies, into the mainstream. This is a battle which will be won or lost in the R&D phase.  Scaling into high volume production includes a whole host of factors. A lot work is still required to make a successful transition, but this is a common problem of any emerging industry.  We...
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Protons fuel graphene prospects

Graphene, impermeable to all gases and liquids, can easily allow protons to pass through it, University of Manchester researchers have found. Published in the journal Nature, the discovery could revolutionise fuel cells and other hydrogen-based technologies as they require a barrier that only allow protons – hydrogen atoms stripped off their electrons – to pass through. In...
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New partnership to further commercialisation of graphene

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and The University of Manchester have signed a memorandum of understanding to help move the potential benefits of graphene closer to practical use, by accelerating the commercialisation of the remarkable 2D material. This landmark agreement will see two world-leading organisations work together on the development of graphene metrology,...
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Crumpled graphene sheets for supercapacitors

As we know, one of the attractive features of graphene is it's large surface area and therefore its attractiveness for supercapacitors where energy is stored electrostatically rather than chemically. If you can increase this surface even more that should be beneficial and by "crumpling" the sheets you can as MIT have found. The graphene sheets are "crumpled by machine, being stretched in...
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Graphene Connect

The aim of the workshop series is to identify groups of companies and researchers with a common interest and to start formulating proposals for interesting innovation projects for those identified groups. The ultimate goal is to plan for actions for realizing the project within the flagship or other platforms. The program includes Popular presentation on state-of-the art...
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Haydale moves up the value chain by acquiring EPL Composite Solutions Ltd

Haydale announced yesterday that it is acquiring EPL Composite Solutions which will allow it to access many more markets for its graphene and nano-materials products.  The press release indicates that this acquisition is expected to significantly boost Haydale's sales potential.  For more information, please see: ...
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Graphene Flagship welcomes first associated members

As part of its mission to strengthen Europe’s graphene research and development community, the Graphene Flagship welcomes its first four associated members: Netzsch (Germany), NetComposites (UK), ABB and Imerys (Switzerland). Bringing together scientists, engineers and commercial companies looking to turn graphene and related materials from academic research into real-world products is...
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FLAG-ERA launches funding instruments in support of the Flagship initiatives on Graphene and Human Brain

The Flagship ERA-NET (FLAG-ERA) has issued its first joint transnational call for collaborative research projects. The call comprises two topics, each dedicated to supporting research projects in synergy with one of the two FET Flagships, the Graphene Flagship and the Human Brain Project. Submission Deadline: January 27th 2015  Click here for more information.  
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Survey on standardisation needs in graphene and other 2D materials

As part of ISO nanotechnologies standardisation activities, a  survey on standardisation needs in graphene and other 2D material has been launched. The web link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/graphene_standards . The aim is to identify topics, the timescale in which standards need to be developed and the priority for such standards. The survey is split into different areas...
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Graphene Energy Storage Super Capacitors - interested in investing in their development ?

If you are interested in how Graphene can be applied in the energy storage area then this may be for you.!!   A UK company is currently looking for funding (via Crowd-Funding) to develop an energy storage device, containing graphene, focused on application in the consumer electronics market - mobile phones, tablets, and the like.  The energy storage device is basically a 'super...
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