Nokia and 73 other organizations to get $1.36 billion for graphene research

by: ŠtefanJanuary 31, 2013

lab Source: Yahoo! News

The Graphene Flagship Consortium, which is made up of 74 parties, Nokia being one of them, has just announced that the European Union will give them 1 billion Euros over the next 10 years to research graphene. What is graphene? It’s a one atom thick version of carbon that has so many potential uses we can’t even begin to wrap our heads around them all. Jani Kivioja, Research Leader at Nokia Research Center, says:

“When we talk about graphene, we’ve reached a tipping point. We’re now looking at the beginning of a graphene revolution. Before this point in time, we figured out a way to manufacture cheap iron that led to the Industrial Revolution. Then there was silicon. Now, it’s time for graphene.”

Why are we covering this story on Android Authority? Because science is awesome, and because the devices we carry in our pockets stand to gain the most from graphene research. We’re talking flexible phones, batteries that last weeks, screens that are transparant, camera sensors that make today’s imaging flagships look like garbage, and the list just goes on.

It’s one thing for Google to hire a bunch of developers to write Android. And it’s another thing for Samsung to hire a bunch of scientists and logistical experts to build a factory that spits out AMOLED displays. But what Nokia and others are doing right now is so bleeding edge that it deserves to be recognized.

When will you be able to buy a device that uses this exotic material? Here’s the sad thing, no one really knows. It could be five years, it could be double that, it could even be longer.

You can’t rush science.

  • Wow this sounds like science fiction, it doesn’t even sound real. I am a computer science major so a lot of science announcements similar to this don’t surprise me because the ideas have been around so long and so publicly. But to what makes this seem so unreal is that it is the thinnest lightest hardest and strongest material we know that can conduct electricity better than copper.

    • john

      Theoretically yes-I too am a Computer major, as well as electrical engg. I have not heard using graphene to replace copper, but I’m aware that it would make a brilliant integrated circuit. However, like many carbon manufacturing there is one significant difficulty that we need to make it through-production. Silicon chips are dead simple compared to graphene-coat the silicon, pour some acid to it, repeat. With graphene, you need to “spray” the particles into a layer and then process it. It is both expensive and difficult.

  • i love science.