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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The Graphene Pavilion at the Mobile World Congress

The Graphene Flagship returns next week to the GSMA Mobile World Congress, bringing with it the next generation of mobile technologies. Step into the Graphene Pavilion and enter the fascinating world of graphene and related materials in an exhibition designed to bring these materials to life. Organised by the Graphene Flagship, curated by ICFO and supported by the European Commission and the GSMA, the Graphene Pavilion will offer a glimpse into brain-computer interfaces developed at the ICN2.

At Mobile World Congress 2017, the Graphene Flagship’s exhibition was considered a ‘not to be missed’ booth. This year, explore further the applications of graphene and related materials in mobile technology at the Graphene Pavilion. Experience cameras that can see the invisible, filters that create safe drinking water, novel batteries, a wide range of flexible electronics, ultrafast data transmission systems, pressure tracking shoes and solar cells with world-class efficiency, all enabled by graphene. With 25 different demonstrators, prototypes and products on display, there is something for everyone at the Graphene Pavilion.

The Graphene Flagship is one of Europe’s largest research initiatives, aimed at taking graphene and related materials from the realm of academic laboratories to the factory floor. The Graphene Pavilion hosts 25 exhibiting partners from across Europe and is a true testament to the ground-breaking work being undertaken within the Graphene Flagship.

The ICN2 is deeply involved in the Flagship, with ICREA Prof. Jose A. Garrido and ICREA Prof. Stephan Roche as deputy leaders of the project's Biomedical Devices and the Spintronics work packages, respectively. In this year’s edition of the Graphene Pavilion visitors will have the opportunity to see flexible graphene-based brain implants that can read signals from the brain’s surface. Such technologies, developed by ICN2 researchers in the context of the H2020 BrainCom project, include speech-related applications using brain-computer technologies.

Split into the four areas of Data Communications, Sensors and IoT, Wearables and Health, and Energy, the Graphene Pavilion offers a truly immersive experience into the world of graphene innovation:

  • Data Communications: Experience how graphene-based photodetectors and modulators receive and transmit optical data faster than ever before, leading to ultrafast data streams with extreme bandwidth which are essential for a data-driven future in 5G. Developed within the Graphene Flagship by a collaboration between CNIT (Italy), AMO GmbH (Germany), Ericsson (Sweden) and Nokia (Italy), Nokia Bell Labs (Germany) and Imec (Belgium) this optical data link can be found both at the Graphene Pavilion and at the Ericsson stand in Hall 2 (open to Ericsson customers and by invite only). Ericsson will present switching of a 100Gb/s channel in an Ericsson testbed.
  • Sensors and IoT: A wide-spectrum graphene light camera, developed by ICFO (Spain) which can see details invisible to the human eye. Using sensitive graphene photodetectors, the camera can detect ultraviolet, visible and infrared light enabling this wide-spectrum imaging. This has implications in quality screening for food safety and imaging systems for autonomous cars. Also on display is a newly launched product from Emberion (Finland). Emberion’s single pixel sensing solution with graphene-based photodetectors for visible to short-wave infrared light is ideal for sensitive spectrometry, gas detection and portable material analysis solutions.
  • Wearables and Health: A flexible graphene-based neural interface that records signals from the speech centres on the surface of the brain is being developed by the ICN2 (Spain) in collaboration with the BrainCom project. These implants exhibit low invasiveness and are more suitable for integration than the current state of the art because of graphene’s flexibility and intrinsic electronic properties. Graphene smart shoes which show multifunctional benefits including sensing, cooling and enhanced strength will also be on display. A prototype from the Cambridge Graphene Centre (UK) provides pressure tracking in athletic shoes to boost performance and a commercially available shoe developed by IIT- Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, the IIT start-up BeDimensional s.r.l. and Fadel s.r.l. (Italy) is more comfortable due to enhanced heat transfer properties.
  • Energy: Graphene supercapacitors and batteries, developed by Thales Research and Technology (France), IIT - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italy) and the Cambridge Graphene Centre (UK) which can be printed, have high energy density and rapidly charge and discharge will be used in mobile devices and make high power more portable.

The 2018 Graphene Pavilion also sees the introduction of the Graphene Knowledge Centre. Staffed by experts in the graphene field, it is the place to go and learn more about graphene, its structure, properties, production methods as well as its roadmap for future success.

On Wednesday 28 February there will also be a ‘Meeting Graphene’ event with talks by key industry and research leaders including a visionary keynote speech by the Nobel Prize Laureate Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov, all illustrating the potential of graphene in the mobile ecosystem. Experience the future of graphene for mobile technology in the Graphene Pavilion at Mobile World Congress 2018.

Information via: https://graphene-flagship.eu/news/press/Pages/Press-Kit-MWC-2018.aspx