Monday 25 February - Thursday 28 Feburary, 2019
Graphene will transform mobile phone technology and telecommunications. Key manufacturers are already using graphene to enhance the possibilities of the devices and networks that keep us online. From high speed datacom, to durable composites, night vision cameras and audio technology, the possibilities of graphene are endless. Its unusual properties enable ultra-wide bandwidth communications coupled with low power consumption, with the potential to surpass the needs of 5G, the internet of things and the upcoming industry 4.0.
Nanene® Enhanced Audio Earphones- Versarien
Versarien's earphones are manufactured with a graphene coating called Nanene® Graphene-Enhanced Audio. Nanene® properties create an earphone diaphragm that is thinner and more flexible than traditional materials will allow. Independent testing found that Nanene enhances both treble and bass. The earphones are commercially available now.
Broadband Image Sensor: Seeing Beyond the Human Eye – ICFO
The cameras in our phones can only "see" into the visible spectrum. In other words, you take pictures of what you see with your own eyes. However, graphene cameras are able to take in more information from the objects around us, allowing us to see things in the dark by detecting infrared light, or even whether a piece of fruit is fresh or if specific chemicals are in the air.
Compact Spectrometer: Lab in a Pocket – ICFO
Graphene delivers a versatile light detection platform. We can use it to identify the chemical fingerprint of different products around us, something that is key in all laboratory analyses, from food and beverages, to quality control for counterfeit drugs. This technology has not yet reached consumers due its high cost and size, but thanks to graphene we could miniaturise it to integrate sensors into mobile phones.
Graphene Enhanced Batteries – Cambridge Graphene Center, University of Cambridge
Mobile phones commonly use pouch cell batteries. Enhancing their anode with graphene prolongs the life cycle of the battery and increases the battery's charging rate.
Flexible WiFi Receiver– AMO, RTWH Aachen
With this fully flexible graphene microwave communication device, no rigid parts are needed to connect flexible devices to the internet through WiFi. Graphene's flexibility and excellent electronic properties make bendable electronics possible.
Graphene Modulator – CNIT, Ericsson, Nokia-Bell Labs, Nokia, IIT
Graphene modulators have the potential to be one of the key building blocks for 5G technology. Modern optical communications employ phase modulators to increase the speed at which information is relayed. However, due to a natural trade off this efficiency is reaching a maximum with silicon-based devices. Graphene can be the solution to bridge the gap between the increase in demand for data and the efficiency in transmitting it.