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16 April, 2015 - 12:58 By Tony Quested

FlexEnable accelerates global graphene push

FlexEnable Array

Cambridge flexible electronics pioneer FlexEnable – which spun out from Plastic Logic – is playing a major role in an initiative to harness the power of graphene to enhance innovation in global industries.

The UK company has joined the Graphene Flagship – the EU’s biggest ever initiative in the field of graphene and related materials – and its Cambridge capabilities will be key to accelerating commercialisation of the technology.

FlexEnable has a track record of groundbreaking graphene innovation and industrialisation. Last year the company successfully demonstrated a truly flexible display based on a transparent graphene conductor, which was integrated into its flexible transistor array. 

This year, the company will continue developing new use cases for graphene in flexible electronics including highly conductive interconnect lines and barrier films. From April 2016, when the Graphene Flagship moves into the core project phase, FlexEnable’s expertise in industrialising flexible electronics will be utilised to harness the potential of graphene and other 2d materials. FlexEnable’s Cambridge fab will play a strategic role to showcase the material’s performance over surfaces of all sizes, including large areas as well as in the development of advanced product concepts.

Indro Mukerjee, chairman of FlexEnable, said: “Building on our previous leading-edge work with graphene, FlexEnable brings extensive expertise in materials and manufacturing for flexible electronics to the developing global graphene value chain. Our involvement will enable the accelerated integration of this game-changing material in a new generation of ultra-flexible end-user applications with innovative form factors.” 

Launched in 2013, the Graphene Flagship is a European consortium focused on the integration of graphene and other 2d materials in end-user applications by joining science and industry.

Working within the Flexible Electronics Work Package, FlexEnable will join forces to develop a roadmap for graphene with partners covering the entire value chain – from materials production to component fabrication and systems integration – including Nokia, STMicroelectronics and other renowned companies as well as a number of leading universities and research centres. 

The common goal is the development of commercial applications of this new 2d material, including sensors and OLED displays.

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