Following the recent decision of the Graphene Flagship Management Panel, seven new Associated Members have joined the Graphene Flagship.
The Management Panel is an implementing body that consists of seven members with voting rights: the Science and Technology Officer (Andrea Ferrari from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom), who is also the chairperson, the Flagship Director (Jari Kinaret from Chalmers Industrial Technology in Sweden), five of the Division Leaders and the Head of Innovation (Kari Hjelt from Chalmers Industrial Technology in Sweden).
The new members are the Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy (Serbia); Spiderhouse Oy (Finland); Vittoria Spa (Italy); Atomic Mechanics Limited (United Kingdom); Lotus Partners (Spain), Fortore Energia S.p.A (Italy); and Tetra Pak S.p.A. (Switzerland).
These six private companies and one public university will benefit from gaining access to the information and networking platforms of the Graphene Flagship and can actively engage in science and technology cooperation with the relevant partners of the Graphene Flagship Core Project consortium. Associated Members are an integral part of the Graphene Flagship under Horizon2020 and contribute to its overall scientific and technological agenda.
The full list of Associated Members and Partnering Projects can be found here: https://graphene-flagship.eu/project/Pages/Consortium.aspx
From happy textiles to bicycle tyres improved with graphene
As examples of the research developed by some of those Associated Members, the private company Spiderhouse Oy / Happy Textiles (Finland) is a privately-owned textile technology platform company bringing together textile, new materials, technology, design and service. Their goal is to accelerate the go-to-market time for new innovation. It consists of a diverse mix of business professionals from the textiles, wearables, consumer packaged goods, gaming, design, finance and technology industries. They are cooperating with the GF Innovation and Business Development team. This is led by Chalmers Industriteknik (the commercial R&D foundation by Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden). Graphene has various application areas, amongst other textiles and wearables. There are already commercial products made out of graphene, and depending on the use case, there is already raw material available for R&D and production purposes. For example, projects have been developed with electrically conductive long-lasting yarns, sophisticated textiles with graphene coatings or textiles that reduce heat like the Heatretex.
The Italian company Vittoria Spa and its proprietary laboratory have established themselves as the first graphene users in the bike industry. According to the company, every year tons of graphene are applied to Vittoria tyres and wheels. Graphene interacts with rubber by filling the space in between the rubber molecules, which has been verified to increase all positive performance metrics. In 2018 their tyres won the Grand Tour time trial, as well several European and the Pan-American Cross-Country championships. And they have developed a new generation, the Graphene 2.0, functionalized to enhance specific tyre performances with the aim of achieving a performance boost specifically for speed, wet grip, durability and puncture resistance.
Fostering the mutual benefits of the Partnering Projects and Associated Members and the Graphene Flagship
Partnering Projects and Associated Members are research and/or innovation projects funded by regional, national, European and other sources (e.g., private industry). The concept of a Partnering Project was introduced by the European Commission to define the principles by which research teams or organisations, which are not part of the Graphene Flagship consortium, can be integrated by providing flexible and efficient mechanisms to perform research and innovation activities, which are in line with the overall Graphene Flagship objectives and be of mutual benefit to all parties.
Being part of the partnering environment brings research collaborations in areas of mutual interest and engagement in roadmapping, among other benefits.
The support to the partnering environment of the SCOPE project
The SCOPE project, funded by the EC, is providing support to institutions and researchers involved in Partnering Projects and to Associated Members by granting travel grants for Graphene Flagship events and workshops. Also by communicating their research results to the society and the media, in collaboration with the Graphene Flagship communication channels, SCOPE will help to raise awareness about the accomplishment of the Graphene Flagship's goals in terms of scientific leadership, economic and societal benefits.
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Communication support: firstname.lastname@example.org