The Graphene Flagship Consortium, a collection of industry and academic partners - including Nokia, was selected by the European Union for the Future and Emerging Technologies program, which will see an investment of 1 billion euros over the course of the next 10 years. We know what you're thinking, "Just what is Graphene?"
Graphene is classed as a 2D structure (composed of pure carbon) with super-useful properties, measuring in at only one atom thick. It's reportedly the strongest material ever tested, with a breaking strength of 300 times greater than steel. As well as that, graphene is the lightest and best intrinsic conductor too. The Graphene Flagship Consortium currently consists of 74 partners from within the EU.
Nokia is also getting its hands dirty with the new material, which is why this may be of interest for Windows Phone. Henry Tirri, EVP, CTO of Nokia explains why Nokia is interested in graphene:
Tapani Ryhänen, Head of the Sensor and Materials Technologies Laboratory at Nokia continues:
While graphene is in development and is actively being studied in the EU, Asia and the US are leading when it comes to patent publications - even though it was pioneered in Britain.
Graphene bending it like Beckham - image source
Tapani explains how the consortium is going about helping development:
Graphene could turn into something special for Nokia and Windows Phone with new hardware being released. It'll be interesting to see how the manufacturer can apply the new material to its production lines. Check out the video below for a quick look at the Graphene Flagship Consortium:
We're excited to see future developments of both graphene and Nokia plans to include it in Windows Phone smartphones. Interest has been high for a few years now, with the likes of Samsung creating a 25-inch flexible touchscreen using graphene. We're still a long way off, but the future's certainly bright for technology, especially if we see graphene replace silicon.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.