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Discovering alliances in graphene and related materials research at Graphene Week 2018

A workshop gathering more than 40 researchers and policy representatives will be organised on 10 September by the European Science Foundation (ESF), leader of the Partnering Division in the Graphene Flagship and partner in the SCOPE project.

10 scientific presentations and 2 poster sessions will bring together the science developed in the labs of the European research groups associated in partnership with the Graphene Flagship. To foster strategic dialogues and synergistic relationships, we organised a workshop next September 10th during Graphene Week 2018 – the annual international conference that gathers the world's leading experts in graphene. The following Graphene Flagship Partnering Projects –some of them funded by FLAG-ERA, The FLAGship ERA-Net– and Associated Members will present their latest research results, together with several Graphene Flagship researchers.

- MX-OSMOPED project by Gvido Bratina (University of Nova Gorica), "Current status and outlook".

- NOC2D project - Cinzia Casiraghi (University of Manchester), "Nucleation of organic crystals on graphene".

- MELODICA project - Athanasios Dimoulas (National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos), "Epitaxial 2D Topological Semimetals"

- G-IMMUNOMICS project - Lucia Gemma Delogu (University of Trieste), "Transcriptomic and single cell interaction properties of graphene in human primary immune cells".

- Bandera spa company - Giovanni A. della Rossa (Costruzioni Meccaniche Luigi Bandera), "Grapholymer: Extruding 2DMaterials and Foaming in Polymers".

- MECHANIC project - Stephan Roche (Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology-ICN2), "Modelling charge and heat transport in 2D-materials based Composites".

- 2DCHEM project - Michal Otyepka (Palacký University Olomouc), "Synthesis and Properties of Covalently Functionalized Graphenes".

- CO2-DETECT project - Kristinn Gylfason  (KTH Royal Institute of Technology), "Waveguide-Integrated Mid-Infrared Graphene Detectors for Optical Gas Sensor Systems".

- GraSage project - Benjamin Weise (Maastricht University), "Development of a multi-scale model of the graphene-polymer interaction in composites and fibres".

- Ultragraf project - Helder Crespo (University of Porto), "Harnessing third-harmonic generation in graphene-coated optics - towards new devices for ultrafast pulse measurement and control".

The 2 posters that will be presented during the networking session are "Challenges and perspectives of epitaxial graphene on SiC" (Graphene Nanotech, Alberto García) and "Graphene heterostructures with Nitrides for high frequency vertical transistors" (STMicroelectronics, Sebastiano Ravesi).

Applications in energy conversion and the next generation of composites and coatings

Graphene and related materials –like transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs)– will play a big role in meeting the world's demand in both energy conversion and cooling. This is due to their huge flexibility, large electrical conductivity, light weight nature, chemical stability and high mechanical flexibility. The next generation of composites and coatings can be also enhanced by graphene. From anti-static and anti-corrosion coatings through to ultra-strong and ultra-lightweight composites, graphene can not only enhance the performance of current materials, but also enable new application fields. 

As examples, the MELODICA Project will present their first steps in exploring the potential of nanostructured TMDs in different forms, in view of enhancing the thermoelectric performance of these systems for industrial applications in energy harvesting and printed electronics.

The GraSage project will present the results already obtained in the development of a multi-scale model of the graphene-polymer interaction in composites and fibres. This project is researching on the potential applications in the composite field linked to the modification of plastic materials with graphene. First results can be found here:

Open session to showcase graphene-related results
A fringe session dedicated to promote the partnering environment of the Graphene Flagship, open to all participants of the Graphene Week, will showcase graphene-related results by speakers from Partnering Projects and Associated Members:

- Trans2DTMD project - Lucian Covaci (University of Antwerp), "Transport and optoelectronic properties of 2D materials".

- H2O project (Friedrich Schiller University Jena) - Andrey Turchanin (Friedrich Schiller University Jena), "Heterostructures of 2D materials and organic semiconductor nanolayers"

- AIMPLAS company - Raquel Llorens Chiralt, "Efficient CO2 capture and oil/water separation by innovative adsorbents based on modified Graphene structures"

The full programme of the conference, which will include the posters and Partnering Division success stories abstracts, is available here:

More than 70 grants and support for the communication of research results
Since its inception last year, the SCOPE project has awarded eleven grants within the support available for young and senior researchers involved in GF Partnering Projects and Associated Members. SCOPE currently has more than 70 grants with an approximate budget of € 82,000 for expenses linked to travelling to congresses, workshops or meetings organized by the GF, as well as for laboratory visits and research personnel mobility.

SCOPE also supports the visibility of the successes achieved by the GF Partnering Projects and Associated Members and the economic and social benefits of their work. To accomplish this, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), coordinator of SCOPE, produces news items and interviews that are published in the communication channels of the GF (website, social networks, newsletters and corporate reports).

Authorship: FECYT

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Publishing date: 15 March 2019 18:17