Nokia embracing new 'miracle material' for future hardware development

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:

"Nokia is proud to be involved with this project, and we have deep roots in the field – 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. We’ve done some very promising work so far, but I believe the greatest innovations have yet to be discovered. Graphene 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."

Tapani Ryhänen, Head of the Sensor and Materials Technologies Laboratory at Nokia continues:

"During 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."

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: 

"Making products out of graphene will definitely happen across lots of different industries. By introducing people from different markets together within the EU-based consortium, we can begin to make real-world applications that benefit us all.Really, this type of technology has radically improved the properties of many materials that can be used in our industry. It was discovered in the EU, and we’re very proud to have been involved from the very early years and now to be participating in the consortium. We have a very functional research team in place that can do world-class research with our partners.We have kept our eyes open, and believe that this will bring immediate impact to our products over the coming years in some way or another."

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.

Source: Nokia

Rich Edmonds
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Rich Edmonds is 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 over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Having read about Graphene a few months back, I'm quite pleased to see this.
    Keep it up Nokia. :)
  • The more news I see about Nokia the better I feel about Microsoft hooking themselves to their wagon.
  • Well.. just imagine the WP sales without Nokia thus far...
    Ya.. quite possibly one of the best decision Microsoft has ever made. Not so sure about this from Nokia's perspective tho...
  • "...300 times greater than steel...graphene is the lightest and best intrinsic conductor too" 
    Now that's awesome. 
    Those viral videos that always seem to go around featuring the old Nokia phones surviving armageddon will once again be great marketing this time around too.
  • Another company showed a display that kind of bubbled up, making buttons from a touch screen at CES. Combine these two and we might have the fully bullet proof phone that even the blind could use....
    Sounds just epic.... All this tech so when you drop your phone, the case can handle the drop and not crack the display, gota love tech, why dont people just be more carefull with their things ? :)
  • I think they should make a phone out of kryptonite. But on the down side it would kill me.
  • So you're saying you're super man?? Egotistical jerk!! Lol.. Just joking.:-):-):-):-)
  • No! He just have his weakness.
  • He is but I hear has a tiny dick.
  • Lol
  • Nokia continues to surprise me. Keep up the good work. 
  • I forgot about that material.. Its been years since I've heard of it... This material is most likely going to be used for phone internals to increase strength and decrease weight.. This is not meant for new chassis materials. On another note,, I wouldn't mind if Nokia would use carbon fiber, Kevlar, and other composites for phone chassis though. It would be cool if I could change my 920's rear camera bezel out for a yellow carbon fiber one... A red 920 with a yellow carbon fiber camera bezel,,, the Ferrari of smartphones.
  • The Farrari of Smartphones...+1
  • I've always considered WP the Ferrari of smartphones.... The iPhone is the Corvette of smartphones because it sells like hot cakes, and is a all time classic... Android is the Mustang of Smartphones because the hardware has a lot of power, but it doesn't "corner" well.. And WP is the 458 Italia because it doesn't sell as many as the other two, but out performs the others in every single category... ✔
  • So who is the ford pinto
  • Still Android... Lol!
  • Blackberry is Lotus,,, Making a comeback.. Lol!
  • BB is is soon to be like HRT.
  • Android 1 and 2.x. Especially the cheap models.
  • RIM
  • Nice
  • Ferrari is partnered w/ Acer. No one told them Acer is terrible.
  • Ferrari and Nokia seem more natural don't you think??
  • I could get deep inside that kind of partnership.
  • Graphene has also recently been worked on to replace batteries, less charging time and more capacity..also its alot thinner so if Nokia can perfect this it would be AMAZING
  • That sounded like an ad for the EU...
  • Giving a billion euros better provide you some free advertisement.
  • There was news at least a year or more ago that Nokia were researching with Graphene. They have been looking at using it in the Cameras, because it only stops about 2% of light, so as a photon sensor would be much better. Allowing smaller lens let in much much more light.
  • Most people don't even understand the implications of graphene... Testing for harder materials and transistors is just the scratch of the surface in the graphene world. Head over to Engadget and search the keyword 'graphene' and you will get a better taste of what is possible... The future is in graphene, and I'm excited to see marketed products made from it. Everything from better batteries to transparent photovoltaic flexible screens... Its a wonder nano material to say the least.
  • Full disclosure, I am heavily invested in graphene, and if your interested in how to invest, look for northern graphite corporation.
  • Patent patent patent patent patent please Nokia. This is your future, your moment, your big gun!
  • patented also patented buttons,plastic,glass,finger to touch screen....
  • Just think of a 920 made from graphene that's such a very indestructible phone. Mabey a phone dropped from the spaewalk capsule LOL!
  • Nokia should be happy Microsoft OS Wp is helping drive there sales up. Glad nokia stopped doing Symbian crap
  • <rant>
    Symbian wasn't crap! Nokia was just too slow in upgrading it.
  • interesting i happen to work with graphene and use windows phone :)
  • Didn't the us patent office already give apple one stating 'anything made of graphine'?
  • didnt nokia use Graphinte in their Nokia 3310 devices?
  • I see no point in nokia joining forces with these guys if not for the development of microprocessors based on ARM technology like Apple has been doing, implementing their own processors for the iPhone and iPad.
  • graphene will make the nokia morph concept come true don't u guys think?
  • Does anyone else think "Graphene Flagship Consortium" sounds like a great name for a group to use that takes over the world in the next 50 years? Like maybe north and south america will need their own union and the Union and Consortium will battle for world domination.. and we'll be stuck in the middle? I'm not sad about this.. rather with all the false apocalypses latelys (I'm looking at you Y2K and Mayan Calendar) it'd be nice to know we'll still get our post-apocalyptic wasteland.. ya know, the one that video games have been training us to survive since we were kids