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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: NMP.2013.4.0-1 | Award Amount: 12.40M | Year: 2013

GLADIATOR (Graphene Layers: Production, Characterization and Integration) will enable the scalable production of cheaper, higher quality and larger area graphene sheets. The project will achieve this by optimizing the performance of CVD graphene (using doping), by increasing the throughput and size of CVD batch reactors, and by improving the process by which graphene is transferred for the CVD catalysts to the application substrate. GLADIATOR directly targets the gobal market for transparent electrodes (estimated to be worth over 11,000 million USD in 2016) and will demonstrate that the performance and price of indium tin oxide can be matched by graphene (transparency > 90%, sheet resistance < 10 Ohm/sq, cost < 30 Eur/ square meter). The new production technologies will be demonstrated by making ultraviolet organic photodiodes (possible application as fire sensors) and large area flexible OLEDs. CVD graphene production will be optimized using new diagnostic and process control instrumentation based on Raman spectroscopy and spectrometric ellipsometry; the quality of graphene layers post-transfer will be assured using new non-contact in-line eddy current measurements and THz imaging. CVD production costs per unit area will be reduced not only by the process parameter optimization, but also by developing methods to re-use the catalysts and by increasing the size of the reactor chamber. The process safety will be addressed, too. A critical issue for graphene, especially as a transparent electrode, is how to achieve homogenous large area coverage. GLADIATOR will extend the size of graphene layers beyond that of the CVD tools by implementing a novel patchwork process using a transfer process with high yields and negligible impact upon the properties of the graphene. Transfer processes will be developed for rigid and flexible substrates appropriate for organic large area electronics (OLAE), and substrate and barrier properties will be optimized for use with graphene.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-ITN | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN | Award Amount: 3.78M | Year: 2013

The Spintronics in Graphene Training project (SPINOGRAPH) will create a European network of experts providing state-of-the-art training for early stage researchers (ESR) and Experienced Researchers (ER) in the blooming field of Spintronics in Graphene. The huge success of spintronics in metals which, starting from the pioneering discovery of Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR), has revolutionized the magnetoelectronics industry, and the remarkable progress in the fabrication of graphene devices, have naturally led to the exploration of spintronic devices based on graphene. The primary objective of this network is to significantly enhance the employment prospects of E(S)Rs by: (a) choosing a scientific subject that has both a solid ground and an enormous scientific and industrial potential, (b) engaging E(S)R in research projects in world-leading laboratories, including those of 2 Nobel laureates and in collaboration with small and medium enterprises in the emerging industry of graphene (c) ensuring that all researchers receive scientific and complementary skills training that is critical both to academia and industry.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: FETOPEN-RIA-2014-2015 | Award Amount: 2.96M | Year: 2016

2D-INK is targeted at developing inks of novel 2D semiconducting materials for low-cost large-area fabrication processes on insulating substrates through a new methodology, which will exceed the properties of state-of-the-art graphene- and graphene oxide based inks. Achieving this would represent an important step forward in the processing of 2D semiconducting materials and will provide the key parameters for fabricating the next generation of ultrathin electronic appliances. The inherent high-risk of 2D-INK is countered by a strongly interdisciplinary research team composed of 9 partners (8 academics \ 1 SME) with demonstrated experience in their corresponding fields and with different yet highly complementary backgrounds. Therefore only together and in synergy they will be able to address the challenges of the multiple research and innovation aspects of 2D-INK that cover the entire value chain from materials design and synthesis, characterisation, formulation and processing to device implementation. In addition 2D-INK has the potential to revolutionise research on 2D semiconducting materials way beyond the current interests on synthesis (high impact), since the efficient dispersion and formulation of 2D semiconducting materials into inks enables the applications of 2D semiconducting materials over different scientific and technological disciplines, such as electronics, sensing, photonics, energy storage and conversion, spintronics, etc. Overall, 2D-INK addresses perfectly the challenge of this call as it is an archetype of an early stage, high risk visionary science and technology collaborative research project that explores radically new manufacturing and processing technologies for novel 2D semiconducting materials.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: SME-2 | Phase: NMP-25-2015 | Award Amount: 2.25M | Year: 2015

GO4APP goal is to create added value through the introduction of high performing additives at a competitive costs, accelerating innovation for the advanced polymer industry and eventually creating a new product category that will meet consumer and industrial needs. This new area of development will make it possible for the European industry to harness this market high potential, fostering competitiveness and creating growth throughout the EU. GRAPHENEA proposes this Phase 2 project after the successful realization of the Phase 1 Business Innovation Plan, in order to take the Graphene Oxide (GO) a step closer to the market through specific polymer applications. This project will allow GRAPHENEA to become the worldwide leader as GO producer with the necessary production capacity to supply the polymer industry and the research laboratories. More specifically, the GO4APP objectives are: Large-scale production of GO to enter/supply the advanced polymers industry. Reducing dramatically GO cost, increasing the production scale and supporting applications development. Producing tailor made GO materials to improve compatibility with different matrices, leading to a broad range of applications. Improving the mechanical, electrical and thermal properties of advanced polymers. Creating a cost-competitive final advanced polymer composites new market category using GO additives. GRAPHENEA has validated and patented a highly efficient GO production process and its application into polymeric matrices. GRAPHENEA will be able to introduce GO materials at industrial scale positively impacting the 48 billions polymer additives market. GRAPHENEA will become the worldwide leader in GO additives for polymer applications generating at least 21 M in 2022, in incremental revenues, \50 jobs creation and the largest market share \35%.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2013-10 | Award Amount: 5.02M | Year: 2013

The evergrowing demand for heat evacuation applications in fields such as power microelectronics, e-mobility or (renewable) energy generation is motivating todays suppliers to come up with better and better heat conductive materials. Most of these products who were recently introduced to the market are carbon based materials aimed for extremely high heat conductivity (up to 2,000 W/mK). While delivering extremely good thermal properties, the carbon products themselves usually do not have a structural vale in terms of mechanical properties, hindering stand-alone applications. However, when enclosed in metal envelopes, they could be used to form MMC (Metal Matrix Composite) parts which are significantly more durable and strong. In THERMACO we intend to develop the best suitable manufacturing technology required to produce a high-strength, selectively reinforced Aluminium MMC with carbon based thermal reinforcements. We will create continuous highly heat conductive routes consisting of carbon-based Graphene or TPG material integrated within the structural part, that lead to dispersion/collection areas at surfaces with optimised thermal transfer properties. The structural material of the product will be regular cast Aluminium, thus allowing for an integration of those thermal highways into complex shaped, task-specific parts within a wide range of applications. The ability to cast such product will lead to a technological breakthrough and a change of concept in every heat management application, since the limiting factors of size of the cooling area or the demand for external heat transfer solutions (such as heatpipes) can be overcome. Due to the anisotropy of the carbon based thermal highways, a heat transfer can be realised through the part, without affecting its surrounding material, maintaining the mechanical stability of the application and enabling the usage of lighter designs and materials with a lower thermal stability than required before.

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