The future path of graphene is not one it can walk alone say experts, in many areas the groundbreaking material will need to be integrated with other advanced technologies if it is to realise its potential.
Yesterday one step forward was taken to advance collaboration across two of the most high technology materials sectors when the NCEM-1 (First Nano-Carbon Enhanced Materials) consortium launched in Cambridge, UK.
The consortium brings together potential users from defence, electronics, structural materials, metal refining and power generation industries with a shared interest in understanding the challenges and opportunities which nano-carbon disruptive technologies bring. It will run for 12 months during which it will visit Scotland, Germany and Belgium.
Consortium members came from seven different countries including Chile and the USA, academic institutions Cambridge University and Trinity College Dublin and companies such as Nokia, Thales, ST Microelectronics, Codelco, Oxford Instruments, Bosch, National Grid, International Copper Association and Nexans.
According to Dr Bojan Boskovic who leads the consortium, delegates were interested in three main areas of application: next generation semi-conductors and electronics, smart structural materials, and improved thermal and electrical conductors.
NCEM-1 joins a stable of other consortia run by the Centre for Business Innovation, including Microfluidics, Open Innovation and Inclusive Design, all of which have close links with the University of Cambridge.
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