As part of its mission to strengthen Europe’s graphene research and development community, the Graphene Flagship welcomes its first four associated members: Netzsch (Germany), NetComposites (UK), ABB and Imerys (Switzerland).
Bringing together scientists, engineers and commercial companies looking to turn graphene and related materials from academic research into real-world products is the core mission of the Graphene Flagship. To that end the flagship has built a pan-European structure based on partner organisations, and the original 76 partners in 17 countries have grown to 142 in 23 countries.
Speaking of this latest development, Graphene Flagship director Professor Jari Kinaret says, “We are very happy to welcome our first four associated members. The flagship is much more than just the EU-financed part, and we are keen to form partnerships with groups that help the flagship reach its overriding goal, taking graphene and related materials from academic laboratories into society.”
Associate membership of the Graphene Flagship will help it achieve its science and technology targets by creating a greater synergy with other graphene-related organisations: bodies funded by member states and various EU projects, organisations part of the FLAG-ERA network, coordinating regional and national funding agencies within Europe, etc.