Graphene Experience

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Location: Fira Barcelona Montjuïc, Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, s/n, Barcelona
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Graphene-based prototypes will be displayed inside the Graphene Experience Zone, created by the FET Flagship project Graphene and curated by ICFO-Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona. Among the products, some are of IIT: the graphene motorcycle helmet made in collaboration with MomoDesign, the supercapacitor designed with Thales, and the electrodes of prosthetic robotic hand created by joint research with the Italian governmental workers’ compensation agency (INAIL). In addition, graphene will be the theme of workshop “Graphopolis” which IIT and ICFO organized for the satellite event YoMo - The Youth Mobile Festival in order to telling the science of two-dimensional materials to the young people (aged 10-16 years).

The graphene helmet is the first helmet in graphene ever made, and it is the result of the collaboration between the Graphene Labs of IIT and the Italian luxury design company MomoDesign, after a 18-month work which involved researchers and industrial designers. Graphene coating allows better distribution of impact force makes the helmet less susceptible to damage compared to helmets without graphene, even in high temperature conditions. The result is a helmet that improves thermal comfort and safety.

The characteristics of graphene have also been exploited for the sensors that allow the operation of the IIT-INAIL robotic prosthetic hand when it is worn by the patient. The graphene, in fact, is used as material for the electrodes that read the surface muscle activity of the arm. It permits signal recording and it is less aggressive to the skin contact. For the next few years the researchers are planning to turn the electrodes in a conductive wearable fabric to be fully integrated into the prosthetic structure, so as to make the prosthetic hand a high biocompatible product.

The battery is an example of how the graphene can change the way of dealing with energy storage especially in terms of power and capacity. IIT, together with Thales, M-SOLV and University of Cambridge, are developing a new technique to make graphene-based electrodes that improve super-capacitors and batteries performances: devices charge very quickly and deliver energy for a long time.

The characteristics of graphene will also be shown in the workshops for teenagers (aged 10 to 16 years), Graphopolis, organized by IIT in collaboration with IFCO, within the event satellite YoMo- The Mobile Youth Festival, which aims to encourage new generations to the disciplines of science and technology, design and art. Young people will draw noise maps using conductive inks and realizing a custom graphene-based device.

2017-02-27 10:56:11 2017-03-02 10:57:10 Europe/Rome Graphene Experience

Graphene-based prototypes will be displayed inside the Graphene Experience Zone, created by the FET Flagship project Graphene and curated by ICFO-Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona. Among the products, some are of IIT: the graphene motorcycle helmet made in collaboration with MomoDesign, the supercapacitor designed with Thales, and the electrodes of prosthetic robotic hand created by joint research with the Italian governmental workers’ compensation agency (INAIL). In addition, graphene will be the theme of workshop “Graphopolis” which IIT and ICFO organized for the satellite event YoMo - The Youth Mobile Festival in order to telling the science of two-dimensional materials to the young people (aged 10-16 years).

The graphene helmet is the first helmet in graphene ever made, and it is the result of the collaboration between the Graphene Labs of IIT and the Italian luxury design company MomoDesign, after a 18-month work which involved researchers and industrial designers. Graphene coating allows better distribution of impact force makes the helmet less susceptible to damage compared to helmets without graphene, even in high temperature conditions. The result is a helmet that improves thermal comfort and safety.

The characteristics of graphene have also been exploited for the sensors that allow the operation of the IIT-INAIL robotic prosthetic hand when it is worn by the patient. The graphene, in fact, is used as material for the electrodes that read the surface muscle activity of the arm. It permits signal recording and it is less aggressive to the skin contact. For the next few years the researchers are planning to turn the electrodes in a conductive wearable fabric to be fully integrated into the prosthetic structure, so as to make the prosthetic hand a high biocompatible product.

The battery is an example of how the graphene can change the way of dealing with energy storage especially in terms of power and capacity. IIT, together with Thales, M-SOLV and University of Cambridge, are developing a new technique to make graphene-based electrodes that improve super-capacitors and batteries performances: devices charge very quickly and deliver energy for a long time.

The characteristics of graphene will also be shown in the workshops for teenagers (aged 10 to 16 years), Graphopolis, organized by IIT in collaboration with IFCO, within the event satellite YoMo- The Mobile Youth Festival, which aims to encourage new generations to the disciplines of science and technology, design and art. Young people will draw noise maps using conductive inks and realizing a custom graphene-based device.

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L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

IIT: the numbers

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.