The Graphene Community of Catalonia (GraphCAT) takes part in Expoquimia this week, an international gathering of the chemistry industrial sector. GraphCAT will also participate in the upcoming NanoDay 2021 on October 14 and in Graphene 2021, the largest European event in Graphene and 2D Materials, from October 26-29.
BIST and the BIST centres ICN2, ICFO, and IFAE are taking part in the 19th edition of Expoquimia this week as members of the GraphCAT community. The event is an international gathering of the chemistry industrial sector that takes place every three years in Barcelona and is combined this year with Equiplast and Eurosurfas. It includes a large showroom for exhibitors and a full programme of conferences and workshops on new technologies for sustainability and a circular economy, new materials and smart surfaces, pharma-chemistry, and automation and digitalisation in the chemistry industry, among others.
The GraphCAT community was created to bring local and international experts on cutting-edge graphene technologies together and to position Catalonia as an international reference for graphene research, development, and innovation. Key to GraphCAT’s mission is facilitating the transfer of technology to industry. With this goal in mind, GraphCAT has a booth in the tech transfer area at Expoquimia 2021, where visitors can discover more about the innovative material technologies developed by members of the GraphCAT consortium, and initiate collaborations with industrial partners. Dr. Claudia Nieva (ICN2 Business Development), Clara Barreneche (BIST Head of Innovation & Business Development), Ylenia Almar (GraphCAT Project Manager), Dr. Virginia Greco (ICN2 Marketing and Communications), and Dr. Marta Sans (Project Manager for the Graphene Flagship at ICFO) are all at the event, representing the GraphCAT community.
GraphCAT is a consortium of ten non-profit research institutes: ICN2, ICFO, IREC, IFAE, UAB, IDIBAPS, EURECAT, IMB-CNM, IMIM, and BIST. It also benefits from other associate members and collaborators that are part of the graphene ecosystem in Catalonia. Its current efforts focus on four specific areas of application: Biomedical Devices, Si-CMOS integration, Materials and Membranes, and Energy. GraphCAT’s mission and activities were presented on September 15 at Expoquimia by Àlex Árgemi, Head of Marketing and Communication at ICN2, in a talk titled GraphCAT: Graphene Technologies in Catalonia. On September 16, Dr. Alastair Cunningham, Project Portfolio Manager at ICFO, spoke about GraphCAT’s technology transfer activities in his presentation Accelerating the Commercial Trajectory of Graphene.
Cooling Photonics, a new ICN2 spin-off company created by the ICN2 Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group, led by ICREA Prof. Clivia Sotomayor Torres, was also presented at Expoquimia by Javier Achiaga, CEO of Cooling Photonics, Antonio Cuenca, COO, and Dr. Juliana Jaramillo, the company’s principal developer. The company’s technology provides passive cooling solutions without energy consumption or carbon emissions.
GraphCAT will also take part in the upcoming NanoDay 2021 on October 14, and Graphene 2021, the largest European event in Graphene and 2D Materials, from October 26-29. The consortium is also preparing an open day in November focused on tech transfer to industry. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.
Watch this short video about GraphCAT at Expoquimia 2021:
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