The Graphene Flagship is the EU’s biggest research initiative ever, and, according to the European Commission, “history’s greatest distinction for excellent research”. With a budget of EUR one billion, the Graphene Flagship is tasked with taking graphene and related layered materials from the realm of academic laboratories into European society in the space of ten years, thus generating economic growth, new jobs and new opportunities for Europeans as both investors and employees.
Key applications are for instance fast electronic and optical devices, flexible electronics, functional lightweight components and advanced batteries. Examples of new products enabled by graphene technologies include fast, flexible and strong consumer electronics such as electronic paper and bendable personal communication devices, and lighter and more energy efficient airplanes. On the longer term, graphene is expected to give rise to new computational paradigms and revolutionary medical applications such as artificial retinas.
Research work is divided into 11 scientific and technological work packages. The NANO group participated in the ENERGY work package and works on the incorporation of solution processable graphene (SPG) derivatives in different parts of the flexible/organic photovoltaic device structure. The different methodologies employed are facile and compatible with roll to roll mass fabrication methods. In particular, SPG materials are applied in all the three major components of OPV devices a) transparent electrode b) photoactive layer and c) interfacial (buffer) layers.
During the 30 month ramp-up phase, the Graphene Flagship will focus on the area of communications, concentrating on ICT and on the physical transport sector, and supporting applications in the fields of energy technology and sensors. After the ramp-up phase, the flagship will grow to full size and include many new groups and activities. The details of flagship implementation after the ramp-up phase are still open and form a part of the discussions on the Horizon 2020 research program of the European Union. Prof. Kymakis and the Nanomaterials & Organic Electronics group are leading the Organic Photovoltaics task of WP9.
Full Listing of Work Packages within the Graphene Flagship
- Work Package 1: Materials
- Work Package 2: Health and Environment
- Work Package 3: Fundamental science of graphene and 2d materials beyond graphene
- Work Package 4: High frequency electronics
- Work Package 5: Optoelectronics
- Work Package 6: Spintronics
- Work Package 7: Sensors
- Work Package 8: Flexible electronics
- Work Package 9: Energy applications
- Work Package 10: Nanocomposites
- Work Package 11: Production