Thought for the month

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” Probably W.L. Sheldon, US lecturer on ethics (1858 – 1907) rather than Ernest Hemingway.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Cash for Graphene

The Cambridge Graphene Centre is underway with the objective to take graphene to the next level, bridging the gap between academia and industry. The £12 million funding is complemented by industrial support, worth an additional £13m, from over 20 partners, including Nokia, Philips and BAE systems. Further funding will support collaborations with the Graphene Institute in Manchester, and Lancaster University. Meanwhile, the European Commission has chosen graphene as one of the first 10-year, 1,000 million euro Future and Emerging Technologies flagship projects. Coordinated by Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, the mission is to take graphene and related layered materials from academic laboratories to society, revolutionize multiple industries and create economic growth and new jobs in Europe. The Graphene Flagship will include 126 academic and industrial research groups in 17 European countries with an initial 30-month-budget of 54 million euro. The consortium will be later extended with another 20-30 groups.

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