Nokia has received a $1.35 billion grant to create the strong material to ever be made called graphene. Graphene is a class 2D structure that measures at only one atom thick, which will be 300 times tougher than steel. It will also be one of the lightest conductors in existence. In the Graphene Flagship Consortium, Nokia is taking the lead and is working with 73 other companies and academic institutions.
Nokia received the grant to research and develop grapheme for practical applications. The European Union for the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) provided the grant.
“Nokia is proud to be involved with this project, and we have deep roots in the field ? we first started working with graphene already in 2006,” stated Nokia CTO and EVP Henry Tirri. “Since then, we have come to identify multiple areas where this material can be applied in modern computing environments. We?ve done some very promising work so far, but I believe the greatest innovations have yet to be discovered. Graphene happens to be an area where we, in Europe, have all the important players in the value chain who are ready to use it in applications. From that perspective, this is a very efficient and promising way of doing research investments for Europe.”
Nokia’s head of the Sensor and Material Technologies Laboratory Tapani Ryhänen believes that it is likely grapheme will be used to improve existing materials and products rather than becoming the norm for products.
[Source: Toms Hardware]