and module integration at imec. "There are now plenty of prototypes of devices based on 2D materials that out-perform current technologies. To bring these devices into the market we need to develop tool kits and design manuals to allow manufacturing compatible with semiconductor industry standards."
"The 2D-EPL really highlights how the European Commission, through projects like the Graphene Flagship, can make an impact in European research, development and industry," says Graphene Flagship Director Jari Kinaret. "We identified a challenge – upscaling the production of graphene electronics – and the European Commission heard us, finding funding to address this challenge."
The 2D-EPL project is coordinated by a team at Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) for the administrative, business development and dissemination support. The technical and scientific management is led by imec and supported by a core technical steering-group consisting of principle investigators from the integration sites of the pilot line.
In a latter phase, the project will develop modules that will manufacture the basic building blocks for GRM-based technologies in the fields of optoelectronics, photonics and electronics. These modules will be publicly available for European users through multi-purpose wafers to make sure the technologies are widely available and accessible at a reasonable cost.
The Pilot Line builds on the existing activities of its partners in the Graphene Flagship and it is closely linked to the Graphene Core 3 project. However, its activities are complementary to those developed in other parts of the Flagship and involve new players.
The €1bn Graphene Flagship gathers nearly 170 academic and industrial partners from 21 countries, exploring different aspects of graphene and related materials.
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