The “Graphene & 2D Materials” EUREKA cluster is defined as a complementary enabling and accelerator instrument in the European scene, fully piloted by industries to further take graphene from the mature research developed at academic laboratories into the European society in the space of 5 years, boosting economic growth, jobs creation and international leadership and investment attractiveness. This cluster will help Europe having a more dominant position in graphene patenting, will deploy the proper winning industrial strategies to gain worldwide competitiveness, and will ensure that for all promising industrial sectors of technology innovation, a fully integrated EU-value chain is established, integrating into consortia the relevant actors from low to high Technology Readiness Levels (TRL).
The cluster will clarify the differentiating potential in all sectors where EU-industries is strong and could further gain in competitiveness, and will develop proper incentives towards the achievement of EU-leadership in the fields of graphene commercialization and graphene-driven technology improvement. The cluster will elaborate and foster industrially-driven innovation strategies, that will take advantage of the existing excellent science and transnational platforms in Europe (national networks, Graphene-Flagship, etc.), and will focus on solving current challenges which are limiting the time to market and business growth of graphene-related EU companies.
Graphene has a huge potential to impact established industrial sectors, building new emerging industries and niche segments and creating economic value. The “Graphene and 2D Materials” Strategic Research Agenda currently targets 7 interlinked priority R&D areas for Europe. These areas are (1) Standardization, (2) Production and Scalability, (3) Composites, (4) Energy, (5) Biosensors and Health, (6) Optoelectronics and Electronic Devices; (7) Functional coatings.