European Union today announced an investment of 1 billion euros that will be spread over the next 10 years in Graphene Flagship Consortium that currently consists of 74 partners which includes Nokia from the EU. Graphene materialÂ has a breaking strength 300 times greater than steel and is also lightest and best intrinsic conductor, too. Just like Polycarbonate, Nokia may be using Graphene in their phones in the future.
When asked about why Nokia is researching graphene and why this consortium is vital, Henry Tirri, EVP, CTO of Nokia explained:
â€œNokia is proud to be involved with this project, and we have deep roots in the field â€“ we first started working with graphene already in 2006. Since then, we have come to identify multiple areas where this material can be applied in modern computing environments. Weâ€™ve done some very promising work so far, but I believe the greatest innovations have yet to be discovered.â€
â€œGraphene happens to be an area where we, in Europe, have all the important players in the value chain who are ready to use it in applications. From that perspective, this is a very efficient and promising way of doing research investments for Europe.â€
Tapani RyhÃ¤nen, Head of the Sensor and Material Technologies Laboratory at Nokia also told us that:
â€œDuring the last 18 months we have seen a tremendous effort to build collaboration between European academia and industry. Now we have all the ingredients in place to be globally successful. We believe that new two-dimensional materials will have an impact on industrial value chains in many ways, creating opportunities for new products, services and economic growth.â€
Being invested in the technology will help Nokia continue to live up to its reputation of makingÂ indestructible phones, even in the smartphone age.