Science & Technology

The project is built on three pillars: Research and Technology, Commerce and Communication. The CORE research and development structure follows two parallel streams along the TRLs via intersectoral (public-private) collaboration towards either materials design (Graphene-based composites for transparent conducting electrodes in consumer and industrial electronics), or materials characterization (new instrumentation for spectroscopy of nanocarbons). Uniquely the other pillars, commerce and communication, are not just TRAINING elements; both contain a key RESEARCH aspect to feed back into future EU project design and management, and ESR training.

The overall science and technology objectives are:

Comprehension and Control of graphene nanobuilding blocks: Controlling synthesis, and functionality, understanding structure and property of chemically-derived graphene-based building blocks

Comprehension and Control of graphene materials: Synthesis of graphene-based composites/hybrid materials. Processing graphene-based building blocks/materials into functional macroscopic assemblies. Understanding relation between properties at the nano- and macro scale, order, and processing. Evaluation of functional performance.

Business Opportunities: Development of commercial graphene-based processes & products, and new spectroscopic characterization tools. Evaluation of technological requirements and performance. Development of business start-up models and evaluation of commercialization prospects.

Enabling Excellence’s R&D programme is cross-disciplinary with high breakthrough potential in the field of graphene-based materials, the area of potentially largest commercial impact. It covers the whole chain of materials development (TRL1-9): from understanding and optimizing the nanoobject, the fabrication and processing of composite and hybrid materials and functional devices, the design of commercial processes and products, and respective business opportunities. It combines the following original and innovative aspects:

  • Unusual and highly synergetic combination of new materials development and new characterization techniques employing complementary innovative synthesis approaches
  • Unique custom nanoscale characterization techniques: atomic resolution HRTEM, EELS, electron tomography, resonant optical spectroscopy, TERS, SERS
  • Large-scale DFT approach developing “realistic” atomistic models with graphene-based nanobuilding blocks, hybrid and composites, and time-dependent quantum chemical approaches
  • Unique materials design through combined synthesis approaches and feedback from nanoscale characterization methods
  • Innovative techniques for processing and device integration
  • Unusual and highly synergetic combination of issues of fundamental understanding of nanobuilding blocks, materials development and processing, commercial touchpad design, routine characterization techniques, optical component design, and evaluation of commercial opportunities
  • Broad partner TRL range allowing the students to follow their samples through preparation, characterisation, and development through multiple stages via inter-sectorial exchanges between academic and commercial partner sites.

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