Kerala state government run Digital University Kerala (DUK), along with along with Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET) in Thrissur, is ready to launch India's first Graphene Innovation Centre

Approved by Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeiTY), Government of India and Kerala government, the upcoming centre will have incubation centre and facilities to create new Graphene products.

An amount of Rs 86.41 crore has been allocated for same.

Graphene is a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb-like pattern. Graphene is considered to be the world's thinnest, strongest and most conductive material - of both electricity and heat.

Tata Steel Limited is set to be the industrial partner of the upcoming Graphene Innovation Centre. The other collaborators include scientists from the National Graphene Institute, University of Manchester, and other industrial partners from around the world.

To recall, for research in Graphene Tata Steel had also signed a deal for a CoE with IIT Madras in August 2016.

Digital University Kerala Technocity Campus, Thiruvananthapuram

Saji Gopinath, Vice Chancellor of DUK, said in a media statement, "We expect the centre to offer students, researchers, established industries and budding startups to test and experiment new innovative products, and make it a thriving environment for innovative graphene-based product development."

Graphene is one of the top most agendas on the list of big tech corporations in their search for finding the material that can serve as the next building block for electronic devices and transform the manufacturing sector and its various processes.

To date, Graphene the thinnest material one can imagine. It's just one atom thick! This means this material is mathematically 2-Dimensional nevertheless one can still hold this single layer of atoms in hands.

Surprisingly, graphene isn't a unique or rare substance. In fact, it has the same carbon structure as the graphite you use every day when you draw or write with your pencil But at the same time, in 0.03” of graphite, there are about 3 million graphene layers!

The emerging 2D materials will have a wide range of commercial and industrial applications in biomedical, defense, electronics, energy, and sensors, in the next decade. The centre will also develop the skilled manpower by anchoring Ph.D. and master students through Digital University, with an applied research focus in the areas of electronics product design, sensors, and energy applications, the statement added.

Last year, scientists from Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Mohali, developed a wrapping paper made of carbon (graphene oxide) loaded with preservatives that can be used as non-toxic and reusable wrappers to help extend shelf life of fruits.


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