Graphene Technologies

Graphene is an allotrope of pure carbon comprised of a single layer of atoms. Graphene has generated significant investment and research interest because of its remarkable electronic, mechanical, and optical properties following its Nobel-prize winning discovery in 2004 by Geim and Novoselov at the University of Manchester. While challenges in graphene production, quality and device engineering remain, a wide range of new technologies using graphene are possible, including improved electronic sensors, displays, transistors, as well as batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells, and photovoltaics (solar) for energy storage and generation.

The diverse uses of graphene are so compelling that in 2013 the EU announced the Graphene Flagship, a consortium dedicated to the advancement of graphene research and commercialization of graphene technologies.