November 2017

Eight new Partnering Projects and Associated Members have joined the Graphene Flagship

  • ​NanoElMem is a transnational research Project, funded by national funds of the Member States under the programme M-ERA NET,  an EU funded network which supports research in materials science and engineering.

Following the decision of the Graphene Flagship (GF) Management Panel in November 2017, the NanoElMem project focused on "Designing new renewable nano-structured electrode and membrane materials for direct alkaline ethanol fuel cell" has been associated to Graphene Flagship. The Management Panel is an implementing body that consists of seven members with voting rights: the Science and Technology Officer (Andrea Ferrari from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom), who is also the chairperson, the Flagship Director (Jari Kinaret from Chalmers Industrial Technology in Sweden), five of the Division Leaders and the Head of Innovation (Kari Hjelt from Chalmers Industrial Technology in Sweden).

The following organisations, partners in the consortium of NanoElMem, have become Associated Members of the GF: the University of Maribor (Slovenia); the University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia); the company Abalonyx (Norway); and, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway). The Chang Gung University (Taiwan) is also a member in the consortium.

As the University of Maribor, coordinator of NanoElMem, explains, "the increased demand for energy, coupled with concerns about environmental pollution and growing fossil fuel costs have created a great need for clean and efficient power sources. Fuel cells directly convert chemical energy stored in fuels into electrical energy through electrochemical reactions, and have been identified as one of the most promising technologies for the clean energy industry of the future. The overall concept of the project relates to developing novel stable and highly effective materials for the direct alkaline ethanol fuel cell (DAEFC), which directly converts ethanol to electric power".

The European centre of excellence for research in condensed matter, a new Associated Member

The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), based in France, is also a newly Associated Member of the GF. The ESRF is a multinational research center located in Grenoble (France), which has an electron synchrotron exclusively dedicated for scientific purposes.

Also this month, the private companies Electricité de France (EDF) and ARTIS in the United Kingdom have joined the GF as Associated Members.

Fostering the mutual benefits of the PPs and AMs and the Graphene Flagship

Partnering Projects (PPs) and Associated Members (AMs) are research and/or innovation projects funded by regional, national, European and other sources (e.g., private industry). The concept of a PP was introduced by the EC to define the principles by which research teams or organisations, which are not part of the GF consortium, can be integrated by providing flexible and efficient mechanisms to perform research and innovation activities, which are in line with the overall GF objectives and be of mutual benefit to all parties.

Being part of the partnering environment bring research collaborations in areas of mutual interest and engagement in roadmapping, among other benefits.

The support to the partnering environment of the SCOPE project

 The SCOPE project, funded by the EC, is providing support to institutions and researchers involved in PPs and to AMs by granting travel grants for GF events and workshops. Also by communicating their research results to the society and the media, in collaboration with the GF communication channels, SCOPE will help to raise awareness about the accomplishment of the GF goals in terms of scientific leadership, economical and societal benefits.

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Publishing date: 18 December 2017 10:56