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

Nokia and 73 other organizations are going to receive roughly $1.36 billion over the next ten years for researching graphene and bringing it to the market.
January 31, 2013

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.