25 January 2016 Graphene @ the 2016 MWC

Wearable Technologies

ICFO plays leading role in shaping the Graphene Pavilion at Mobile World Congress 2016 Under the theme ‘Mobile is Everything’, the 2016 GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC) will bring together more than 95,000 participants from across the mobile industry and adjacent industry sectors, with more than 2,100 companies expected to showcase new trends and emerging technologies. This year in a new GRAPHENE PAVILION, research centers, along with start-ups and enterprises working on graphene-related topics will have a place of prominence in the most important industry event of the mobile sector, sharing knowledge and expertise in a field that promises to revolutionize mobile technology.

“At Mobile World Congress, we’re focused on showcasing cutting-edge technologies and solutions and graphene is certainly a technology that will have a significant impact on our industry in the years to come,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “We’re pleased to be working with ICFO, under Professor Koppens’ leadership, to bring the promise of graphene to Mobile World Congress attendees, demonstrating the nearly endless use cases for this technology.”

The new Graphene Pavilion, a collaborative effort between ICFO and the Graphene Flagship (GF) with the support of the GSMA, will showcase the latest advances in graphene research as well as graphene-related innovations that are already available in the market. The content available in this 135m2 Graphene Pavilion (Hall 8) will deal with the transformation of display technology (for flexible screens); sensors, eTextile and conductive ink (for wearables, Internet-of-Things, Smart Cities, eHealth); energy transmission and storage technology (supercapacitors); and data communications (photodetectors and receivers, flexible antennas).

ICREA Professor at ICFO and leader of the Optoelectronics Work package of the GF, Frank Koppens is providing the direction for the development of this new pavilion. As a renowned graphene expert, Koppens is acting as the lynchpin between GSMA, the GF and industry for the pavilion. His central role in the graphene-focused activities of this year’s Mobile World Congress is also bringing attention to Barcelona which is becoming increasingly well known as a region for the creation and support of graphene-related innovation.

Prof. Koppens will also be the scientific chair of a track session taking place in the Mobile World Congress conference on Thursday, 25th February. Additionally, Nobel Prize-winning Professor Kostya Novoselov, who first discovered the wonder material, will deliver a presentation as part of the conference’s “Innovation” keynote taking place on Thursday morning.