Researchers at Gothenburg’s Chalmers University of Technology will receive up to one billion euros for a project into the possible uses of graphene, a form of carbon.
Their project is one of the two winners of an EU technologies contest. The other winner is a Swiss project to map the human brain. They were selected from four finalists chosen from 26 proposals.
Graphene is a one-atom thick sheet of carbon, and the thinnest material known. One hundred times stronger than steel, it is both transparent and flexible, and an excellent electrical conductor.
Among the possible applications are lighter aircraft, stronger sports equipment, and electronic newspapers that can be folded up and put into a pocket.