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Demonstrator, prototypes and products on show at the Graphene Pavilion

Data Communications: Experience how graphene-based photodetectors receive optical data faster than ever before, leading to ultrafast data streams with extreme bandwidth which are essential for a data-driven future in 5G (AMO, Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le telecomunicazioni - CNIT, Ericsson and Nokia). Fully flexible WiFi receivers enable flexible phones, wearables and health devices for comfortable smart tech, flexible logic circuits will be the building blocks of fully flexible devices such as smartphones and smart textiles, and the Internet of Things (AMO, RWTH Aachen University). Ultrafast switching of 100Gb/s communication channel in a real Ericsson testbed (CNIT, Ericsson, Imec). See also the first flexible THz sensor which brings high frequency electronics to flexible devices, opening up new possibilities in high frequency communications, wireless sensor networks, imaging, wearable devices and smart clothing (Chalmers University of Technology).

Sensors and IoT: Interact with wearable, flexible graphene sensors for healthcare, smart textile and advance display applications (GrapheneTech). Play a tune on a graphene flute enabled by graphene sensors and drive a toy car using a graphene force touch display (Novalia and Cambridge Graphene Centre at The University of Cambridge – UCAM CGC). See how a graphene spectrometer can see the invisible in a food inspection device (Institute of Photonic Sciences – ICFO). See how graphene can enable the IoT with environmentally friendly NFC antennas that can be prepared on paper and even fabrics (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – CNR). Also see a newly launched product from Emberion (Finland). Emberion’s single pixel sensing solution with graphene-based photodetectors for visible to short-wave infrared light is ideal for sensitive spectrometry, gas detection and portable material analysis solutions.

Wearables and Health: See flexible graphene-based brain implants that can read signals from the brain’s surface including speech-related areas using brain-computer technologies (Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – ICN2, BrainCom project), or how graphene based infection monitoring can detect unique optical fingerprints of diseases (KTH Royal Institute of Technology). Experience how graphene nerve sensors control motion and force of artificial robotic limbs (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT and National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work – INAIL) and how a graphene based wearable health patch can continuously monitor vital statistics to improve patient care and sports performance (Institute of Photonic Sciences - ICFO). The graphene shoes on display show how everyday objects can have their functionality enhanced by the addition of graphene either with advanced health tracking and monitoring activities or with advanced user experience (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - IIT, BeDimensional s.r.l., Fadel s.r.l. and Cambridge Graphene Centre at The University of Cambridge – UCAM CGC). A graphene based filter that creates safe drinking water (National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester - UoM NGI).

Energy: Graphene solar power will be on display with world-class power efficiency and long lifetimes (Universita di Roma Tor Vergata, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT, Technological Educational Institute of Crete). There will also be graphene supercapacitors, that can be easily printed and store large amounts of energy with rapid charging and discharging (Thales Research and Technology, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT) and fully flexible graphene-based heat management which can be integrated into any substrate for long life heaters (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – CNR). Demonstrators will show graphene-based thermal paste for improved cooling of electronics such as computer processors; electronically activated graphene heaters for smart heating textiles; flexible heaters for aerospace and automotive applications; and miniaturised graphene-based cooling pumps for cooling electronic systems down to ultralow, cryogenic temperatures for use in satellites and security, communications and healthcare (National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester - UoM NGI, APR Technologies, BeDimensional s.r.l., Chalmers  University of Technology and Smart High Tech - SHT).

Graphene Knowledge Centre: Staffed by experts in the graphene field, it is the place to go and learn more about graphene, its structure, properties, method of fabrication and production (Graphenea) as well as its roadmap for future success.

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Exhibiting Partners

  • AMO (Germany)
  • APR Technologies (Sweden)
  • BeDimensional s.r.l. (Italy)
  • Cambridge Graphene Centre at The University of Cambridge – UCAM CGC (UK)
  • Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology - ICN2 (Spain)
  • Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – CNR (Italy)
  • Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le telecomunicazioni – CNIT (Italy)
  • Emberion (Finland)
  • Ericsson (Sweden)
  • Graphenea (Spain)
  • GrapheneTech (Spain)
  • Institute of Photonic Sciences - ICFO (Spain)
  • Imec (Belgium)
  • Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT (Italy)
  • National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester - UoM NGI (UK)
  • National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work – INAIL (Italy)
  • Nokia (Italy)
  • Nokia Bell Labs (Germany)
  • Novalia (UK)
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
  • RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
  • Smart High Tech – SHT (Sweden)
  • Thales Research and Technology (France)
  • Technological Educational Institute of Crete (Greece)
  • Universita di Roma Tor Vergata (Italy)

‘Meeting Graphene’ Event

Disruptive Material Technology Transforming the Mobile Industry: from 5G data communication to flexible phones, smart batteries and sensors.
Programme of ‘Meeting Graphene’ includes a series of talks by key industry and research leaders including a visionary keynote speech by the Nobel Prize Laureate Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov, all to illustrate the potential of graphene in the mobile ecosystem.
Full Programme and mandatory pre registration link can be found at
Wednesday 28 February 16:00 to 19:00 in Hall 8.1, Room CC8.28 at the Mobile World Congress, Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain.

Graphene and the Mobile Industry

Graphene is one of the most interesting and versatile materials known to date. The world's first two-dimensional material, this single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice has a set of unique and outstanding properties. As well as being the thinnest, strongest and lightest material, graphene is flexible, impermeable to molecules and extremely electrically and thermally conductive. As the world strives to maintain its pace of innovation, graphene has much to offer.
Graphene is helping to facilitate the next generation of technology. For example, the strong and flexible nature of graphene makes flexible displays and bendable batteries possible. Its excellent sensing ability can be used in the next generation of wearable electronics and to develop building blocks for the Internet of Things. Graphene’s unique combination of properties coupled with its ease of incorporation into composite materials mean that it can enhance the composite world. Graphene is also paving the way for novel diagnosis and treatments such as in the realm of drug delivery and biosensors. Graphene-based technologies are proving integral to the new generation of communications, such as 5G, enabling high performance optical communication systems through ultra-fast and compact optoelectronic devices.

The Graphene Corner at YoMo (The Youth Mobile Festival)

The Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo) which was launched at MWC in 2017, is a global GSMA program designed to inspire young people to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering, art/design, and math (STEAM) disciplines. YoMo Barcelona will run from Tuesday 27 February to Friday 2 March and will host more than 15,000 young people (aged 8-18 years) and educators from across the region, allowing them to experience science and technology through interactive exhibits, workshops and theatre shows.

At YoMo Barcelona, students will be able to visit the Graphene Corner, where they can interact with graphene in a fun and interesting way. Taking part in a series of micro-activities students will be able to use graphite to make graphene, make their very own graphene touch screen and experiment with a graphene photo detector. Teachers will also be able to take part in onsite micro-training on integrating graphene into the classroom, with teaching materials for them to take away. The Graphene Corner is organised by ICFO with support from the Italian company Graphene-XT, the Graphene Flagship, the European Commission and the GSMA.

YoMo Barcelona will take place at La Farga L’Hospitalet and will feature a Media day on Wednesday 28 February.

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Siân Fogden
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About the Graphene Flagship

The Graphene Flagship was launched by the European Union in 2013 as part of its largest research initiative ever. With a budget of €1 billion it represents a new form of joint, coordinated research initiative on an unprecedented scale. The overall goal of the Graphene Flagship is to take graphene and related materials from the realm of academic laboratories into European society, facilitating economic growth and creating new jobs, in the space of ten years. Through a combined academic-industrial consortium consisting of more than 150 partners in over 20 European countries, the research effort covers the entire value chain, from materials production to components and system integration, and targets a number of specific goals that exploit the unique properties of graphene and related materials

About ICFO

ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences, member of The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, is a research centre located in a specially designed, 14.000 m2-building situated in the Mediterranean Technology Park in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. It currently hosts 400 people, including research group leaders, post-doctoral researchers, PhD students, research engineers, and staff.  ICFOnians are organized in 26 research groups working in 60 state-of-the-art research laboratories, equipped with the latest experimental facilities and supported by a range of cutting-edge facilities for nanofabrication, characterization, imaging and engineering. On the industrial side, ICFO participates in incubator activities and seeks to attract venture capital investment. ICFO hosts an active Corporate Liaison Program that aims at creating collaborations and links between industry and ICFO researchers. To date, ICFO has helped create 6 start-up companies.
ICFO is a partner of the Graphene Flagship.