What is the Graphene Flagship Project?

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The Biomonitoring Group, belonging to the Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red (CIBER-BBN) and involving researchers from the Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona (IMB-CNM), is a new member of the European Flagship for Graphene. With them, 66 new partners from 19 countries have also been invited to participate in this emblematic project.

The Graphene Flagship Project

The graphene flagship project @GrapheneCA represents a European investment of €1 billion over the next ten years.

It is part of the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagships @FETFlagships announced by the European Commission in January 2013. The aim of the FETFlagships program is to support pioneering research that has the potential to bring significant advances and benefits to European society and industry.

These are very ambitious initiatives that require close collaboration with national and regional funders, industry and partners outside the European Union.

Researchers at the Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red (CIBER-BBN), led by Dr. Rosa Villa, were selected for their Microneedle Project to measure brain activity, which they will carry out in collaboration with the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) and Austrian company Guger Technologies OG, which will commercialize the microneedles.

Graphene is a good conductor and has electrical properties that allow better recording of the brain. Also, because they are non-metallic, they are compatible with magnetic resonance imaging.

Scientists believe it could revolutionize brain signal detection because of its biocompatibility, transparency, flexibility and electrical properties.

The Neurographene project is one of 21 proposals selected. A total of 218 proposals were received in response to the competitive call for €9 million of the €54 million first phase (2014-2015) of the flagship, submitted by 738 organizations from 37 countries.

The proposals received were evaluated based on their scientific and technological soundness, implementation and impact, and ranked by an international panel of leading experts from around the world.

Graphene was extracted and analyzed in Europe, work that led to the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics being awarded to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov of the University of Manchester.

It is a material with surprising properties, versatile and economical, capable of revolutionizing new technologies and enabling fundamental developments in all fields.

The Graphene Flagship aims to be a roadmap to bring these developments out of the lab and into society by bringing together academic and industrial partners.