About GraphCAT

The ultimate vision of the GraphCAT Community is to establish Catalonia as an international reference in graphene research, development and innovation, with multiple local industries deriving strong competitive advantage in the global marketplace through the integration of proprietary graphene technologies into their products and services.

GraphCAT will achieve this by cultivating a strong community of international graphene researchers, practitioners and businesses, bringing their combined expertise to the development of cutting-edge graphene technologies for and by Catalan industry. It will also provide support for the transfer of technology to industry, as well as the creation of spin-off companies.

Specifically, it will do so through GraphCAT projects, led by Community members and co-funded through the Catalan regional research and innovation strategy for smart specialisation, RIS3CAT.

What is RIS3CAT?

RIS3CAT is the regional research and innovation strategy for smart specialisation, approved by the Catalan Government on 4 February 2014. RIS3CAT is highlighted in the Catalonia 2020 Strategy (ECAT 2020) as a roadmap for the reactivation of the economy and reorientation of the productive sector towards a smarter, more sustainable and integrated economic model. [ + ]

Why Graphene?

Graphene has huge potential to impact established industrial sectors in Catalonia. Some relevant areas of application in which Catalonia has great expertise in developing graphene related technologies include:

• Optoelectronics[ + ]

• Biomedicine[ + ]

• Biosensors[ + ]

• Packaging[ + ]

• Composite Materials[ + ]

• Energy Storage[ + ]

• Photovoltaic Cells[ + ]

• Spintronics[ + ]

Governance

Scientific and Technical Coordination Team:
  • ICREA Prof. Jose A. Garrido (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia, ICN2)
  • ICREA Prof. Frank Koppens (Institut de Ciències Fotòniques, ICFO)

During the initial implementation phase, the Scientific and Technical Coordination Team will develop a set of regulations and procedures to govern the workings of GraphCAT, as well as the rights and obligations of its different member categories. These will be based on the Guia de Governança de Comunitats RIS3CAT published by ACCIO.

Steering Committee:

The GraphCAT Steering Committee will consist of the two members of the Scientific and Technical Coordination Team, plus three to five representatives from the different GraphCAT projects.

The Steering Committee will be responsible for:

  1. Developing and implementing the GraphCAT Strategic Plan, Roadmap and Technology Feasibility Study;
  2. Producing the annual GraphCAT technical and financial reports;
  3. Approving all communication and dissemination actions;
  4. Representing the GraphCAT Community at the local and international levels.
Administrative coordinator:
  • Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2)

The administrative coordinator will be responsible for all correspondence with the Generalitat, applying for accreditation and support for the coordination and other projects, as foreseen in the action plan. They hold ultimate responsibility for the execution of the project.

Dissemination coordinator:
  • The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)

The dissemination coordinator will, in close collaboration with the Administrative coordinator, ensure that the knowledge produced within the project is disseminated to the relevant stakeholders, target groups and potential early adopters of the technologies being incubated in the GraphCat community.

Ordinary members:

Entities involved in the development of graphene-based technologies, including technology centres, industry clusters and associations, individual companies and other agents of the graphene ecosystem, may participate in GraphCAT as ordinary members, provided they have a registered base or otherwise conduct operations within Catalonia.

Associated members:

Other entities interested in forming part of the GraphCAT Community, but which do not meet the conditions to participate as ordinary members, may join as associated members. Organisations wishing to apply for associated membership may do so at any time by submitting an application to the GraphCAT Steering Committee.

General Assembly:

The GraphCAT General Assembly is made up of all ordinary members. It will convene at least once a year, providing a forum for the review, discussion and, where relevant, amendment of the following:

  • GraphCAT activities and achievements over the past year;
  • Roadmaps and plans devised by the Steering Committee;
  • Operational and organisational procedures;
  • Plans for funding and related actions to be taken over the coming year
Expert Panel:

A committee of external reviewers will be appointed to support the GraphCAT Scientific and Technical Coordination Team. The main responsibilities of the Expert Panel will be to evaluate project proposals during the first stage of the selection process and participate in the annual review of projects, making recommendations to the Scientific and Technical Coordination Team.