Graphene is a class 2D structure measuring just one atom thick, yet it is the strongest material mankind has produced, 300 times tougher than steel, and is also one of the lightest and best intrinsic conductors as well.
Can you say "come to Papa's phone"? Nokia is leading the way for electronics companies in the Graphene Flagship Consortium, which consists of 73 other companies and academic institutions in various fields, and just received a one billion euros grant to research and develop graphene for practical applications. European Union for the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) is the source of the grant, and Nokia's work with graphene is sure to get it a chunk of that change to research how can it utilize the material into its next generations of phones.
As per Henry Tirri, EVP, CTO of Nokia, and Tapani Ryhänen, Head of the Sensor and Material Technologies Laboratory for the Finns:
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. 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...
During the last 18 months we have seen a tremendous effort to build collaboration between European academia and industry. Now we have all the ingredients in place to be globally successful. We believe that new two-dimensional materials will have an impact on industrial value chains in many ways, creating opportunities for new products, services and economic growth.
We can only imagine the possibilities Nokia's R&D labs, which have always stayed well-funded, even through the current tough times for the company, can come up with utiliziing a material like graphene, so we'll keep an eye on the developments with this grant.