Bringing together scientists, engineers and commercial companies looking to turn
graphene and related materials from academic research into real-world products is
the core mission of the Graphene Flagship. To that end the flagship has built a
pan-European structure based on partner organisations, and the original 76
partners in 17 countries have grown to 142 in 23 countries.
This radical increase in the number of partners effectively doubles the size of the
Graphene Flagship, but it is not stopping there. The concept of associated member
has been introduced. Its purpose? Facilitating alignment and information flow
between the flagship and related national and international activities.
Speaking of this latest development, Graphene Flagship director Professor Jari
Kinaret says, "We are very happy to welcome our first four associated members.
The flagship is much more than just the EU-financed part, and we are keen to form
partnerships with groups that help the flagship reach its overriding goal, taking
graphene and related materials from academic laboratories into society."
Associate membership of the Graphene Flagship will help it achieve its science and
technology targets by creating a greater synergy with other graphene-related
organisations: bodies funded by member states and various EU projects,
organisations part of the FLAG-ERA network, coordinating regional and national
funding agencies within Europe, etc.
Speaking for the European Commission, Thierry Van der Pyl, director of 'Excellence
Science' within the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and
Technology, says, "We are very pleased to see the Graphene Flagship consortium
associating with leading European industry, paving the way of graphene from lab to
market. This is a must for moving basic research advances into concrete innovation
The first four associated members of the Graphene Flagship are:
- ABB – a global leader in power and automation technologies
- NetComposites – a global research, consultancy and online media
company focusing on the composite materials industry
- Imerys Graphite & Carbon – previously TimCal, one of the world's
leading suppliers of graphite for energy storage, engineering materials and
- Netzsch– an industrial tool supplier specialising in mechanical grinding,
milling, dispersion and de-aeration.
"We are thrilled at this appointment of the first four associated members," says
Andrea Ferrari, chairman of the Executive Board of the Graphene Flagship. "Even
more so because they are leading European industries targeting the
implementation of graphene and related materials in commercial products. This is
a testimony to the effectiveness of the Graphene Flagship program in catalysing a
transition of graphene technology from laboratory to factory floor. It is a first step in
creating a new graphene-based economy, spearheaded by EU industries."
Important to note is that the Graphene Flagship is partnering with the European
Union-funded PolyGraph project, which oversees the development of graphene
production processes within thermosetting polymer resins. Three affiliates of
PolyGraph are among the first associated members of the Graphene Flagship. ABB
is not involved with PolyGraph.
The four associated members of the Graphene Flagship listed here are the first of
many envisaged. New associates are expected to join every few months, and
similar announcements will be made.
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