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  • By: Fernando Gomollón-Bel
  • Graphene Flagship
  • Publishing date: 31 December 2021
  • By: Fernando Gomollón-Bel
  • Graphene Flagship
  • Publishing date: 31 December 2021

Our top ten graphene news stories of 2021

The Graphene Flagship continues succeeding in its goal of bringing graphene and layered materials to the European market. Funded by the European Commission, our project develops new technologies to revolutionise industry, from sustainable transportation to efficient communications.

This short article reviews the most visited news stories on our website over the past year. The complexity of the pandemic is reflected in the gargantuan interest in new graphene-enabled solutions related to healthcare and medical technologies, among them new solutions to treat anxiety and sensors for quick COVID-19 detection.

Discover the full list below! And if you’re interested in learning more about our project and reading some more about graphene and other two-dimensional materials, check out other publications by the Graphene Flagship, like our Graphene Magazine. It’s full of fancy features, fun facts and personal stories – an ideal read for the holidays.

Enjoy, and have a wonderful start to the new year!

  1. Graphene oxide sooths anxiety symptoms

Graphene Flagship researchers have discovered that graphene oxide inhibits anxiety-related behaviours in a model study. They found that injecting graphene oxide into a specific region of the brain silences the neurons responsible for anxious behaviour.

  1. Graphene sensors to detect low-frequency neural waves

Graphene Flagship scientists have developed a sensor that detects brain signals in a wide frequency band, from extremely low frequencies to high frequency oscillations. The sensor is biocompatible and could be used to measure and predict brain states.

  1. Graphene-coated ships sail safer and last longer

Graphene Flagship Associated Member Talga has developed a functionalised graphene additive that improves the corrosion resistance of marine coatings. The graphene-enhanced coating is being trialled on two commercial freight ships in active service.

  1. Understanding the health and safety of graphene

Graphene and layered materials have made an impact on many different fields, and new applications are emerging every day. So, as for all evolving technologies, it is crucial to consider their safety.

  1. Meet Paola Galli: she develops graphene for 5G communications

Paola Galli is an expert in photonic transceivers for next-generation optical networks, who introduced Nokia Italy to the Graphene Flagship consortium. She also leads the Graphene Flagship Spearhead Project METROGRAPH, which aims to devise a low-cost optical transceiver to transmit and receive data with graphene-enabled photonics.

  1. Graphene Flagship spin-off raises over €14 million

Graphene Flagship spin-off INBRAIN Neuroelectronics develops intelligent graphene-based neural implants for personalised therapies in brain disorders. In 2021, the company announced a €14.35M Series A investment, one of the biggest rounds in the Spanish MedTech industry.

  1. Graphene textiles yield lightweight conductive fabrics

Graphene Flagship Associated Member Grafren AB develops smart textiles using their newly-patented method to separate high-quality graphene flakes. With their first patent recently granted, we took the opportunity to sit down and chat with Erik Khranovskyy, their CEO.

  1. Ceramics and graphene offer new bone-like materials

Graphene Flagship Partnering Project CERANEA develops graphene-filled ceramic sandwiches that deliver materials with enhanced properties and functionalities. These materials could find numerous applications, including biomedical implants, optoelectronic devices, sensors and batteries.

  1. Graphene Flagship study predicts increased market penetration by 2025

Graphene Flagship experts identify key opportunities in graphene commercialisation after a comprehensive three-year analysis of production methods and potential applications. Now, our researchers have published two papers that roadmap the expected future mass introduction of graphene and related materials in the market.

  1. Graphene-enabled TestNPass for COVID detection

Graphene-based digital biosensors will accelerate our return to normality with a simple, efficient solution to screen passengers. That’s why our researchers designed TestNpass: to empower people with a standalone COVID-19 test, while preserving their data and privacy.


Author bio

Fernando Gomollón-Bel
Fernando Gomollón-Bel

Fernando is the Press Coordinator for the Graphene Flagship.