NATIONAL GRAPHENE ASSOCIATION DIRECTOR IN ATHENS, GREECE FOR GRAPHENE WEEK
Dr. Zina Jarrahi Cinker Inspires Collaboration at Worldwide Graphene Research Conference
ATHENS, Greece – Monday marked the start of Graphene Week in Athens, Greece, an international gathering of leading experts on graphene and two-dimensional materials, often called Europe’s most influential graphene conference.
Organized by the Graphene Flagship, the conference is designed to present the latest scientific results and provide outstanding networking opportunities among researchers and product developers. Graphene Week is a main event of the Future & Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagship initiative of the European Commission, a new partnering model for long-term European collaborative research in the context of the European Research Area (ERA).
National Graphene Association Executive Director Dr. Zina Jarrahi Cinker had an opportunity to meet with Nobel Laureate Kostya Novoselov, who together with Andre Geim won the Nobel Prize for their pioneering research on graphene.
“We talked about the barriers to graphene innovation, and how the NGA is poised to help bring the world together to define technology roadmaps and provide a platform for the expansion of graphene commercialization,” Dr. Jarrahi Cinker said.
“We understand there are a lot of challenges, but the fact that the NGA is getting a great response from the international bodies is very promising. We feel a level of readiness that exists within this community for collaboration.”
Dr. Jarrahi Cinker also attended the innovation forum presentation by Dr. Kari Hjelt, head of innovation for the Graphene Flagship, who highlighted ways in which product development knowledge can be harvested from research being done around the world. Hjelt will be the keynote speaker at the NGA Graphene Innovation Summit in Nashville October 29-31.
“The graphene community is embracing our efforts to bring everyone together in the United States, to develop standards, bring stakeholders together and create a roadmap for innovation,” she said. “Today, I’ve seen products that are already in the European market – shoe soles and motorcycle helmets that thermo-regulate are just two examples. The potential is almost limitless for graphene to be incorporated into our daily lives.”