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Yuri Svirko Elected Partnering Division Leader


Following the launch of the election process last June, Yuri Svirko, from University of Eastern Finland, and Jan Erik Hanssen, from Graphitene Ltd., UK, have been appointed by the Graphene Flagship Executive Board as the new Head and Deputy of the Graphene Flagship Partnering Division, respectively. The voting process took place from June 26th to July 5th and, altogether, 26 Associated Members representatives have expressed their vote. Yuri Svirko received 16 votes (61,54%) and Jan Erik Hanssen 7 votes (26,92%).

The Graphene Flagship Partnering Division is improving cooperation through identification of opportunities for various types of synergies between Core partners, Partnering Projects (PPs) and Associated Members (AMs), and  providing recommendations on the partnering mechanism to the Graphene Flagship management and other relevant stakeholders, based on the feedback and direct interactions with the Partnering Division members on a regular basis. 

Yuri Svirko is professor in physics at the Department of Physics and Mathematics in the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). He was the principal investigator (PI) of the UEF team, which was involved into Graphene Flagship ramp-up phase and was one of the partners during Core 1. Svirko is an internationally recognised expert in the field of graphene and layered materials, and has a wide experience in EU and national projects focused on the fabrication of micro and nanoscale optical components, among others. Svirko is also the PI of partnering project CoExAN - "Collective Excitations in Advanced Nanostructures".

Jan Erik Hanssen is the co-founder of Graphitene Ltd, an SME based in the UK that is one of the many Graphene Flagship's Associated Members. Hanssen has a long career in the graphene industry, including six years as Chief Technical Officer at Graphitene Ltd, and two years as a director of Nordic Graphite Ltd. He also has four years of experience as a R&D Project Officer in the European Commission, and worked at senior levels in large industrial companies including Shell and Statoil. Hanssen holds a Ph.D. in Petroleum Chemistry and Energy Technology from Aalborg Univeristy and the University of California Berkeley. Graphitene Ltd. has built an upscaled graphene manufacturing plant in the UK that has been operating since 2015. It produces graphene products that are eco-friendly, low cost, scalable, and yields quality products with total consistency. They are experts creating a diverse range of products from simple nano-carbon powders to more complex and balanced dispersions.


                                         Yuri Svirko (left) and Jan Erik Hanssen (right)


The support of the SCOPE project to the GF Partnering Division

The SCOPE project, funded by the European Commission, is providing support to institutions and researchers involved in GF Partnering Projects (PPs) and Associated Members (AMs) by granting several types of grants to help them integrate with the GF Core projects. Communication of research results is also offered via news articles and dissemination in social media.

The GF Partnering Division is also supported by the SCOPE travel grants that make possible the attendance of their members to the governance meetings of the GF. Yuri Svirko is also member of the Advisory Committee of SCOPE.  


Fostering the mutual benefits of the PPs, 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.

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Publishing date: 11 September 2019 15:46