Researcher Heiner Friedrich from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) will receive a subsidy of more than 200,000 euros from the European Commission (EC) for research into graphene. This award makes TU/e a partner in the Graphene Flagship – a major European consortium of universities and industries working on graphene research.
Graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms with remarkable properties. It is extremely thin and strong, and is a good conductor. Since it was first made in 2004, it has been referred to as a ‘wonder material’ with numerous applications such as in flexible electronics, touch screen displays and miniature sensors.
The Graphene Flagship represents a European investment of a billion euros for ten years, aimed at commercializing graphene applications. This large-scale partnership involves universities, knowledge institutes and industry from 23 countries. Out of the 218 project applications, only 21 grants were awarded. One of these grants goes to the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry TU/e.
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