GIANCE Project Kickstarts Pioneering Sustainable Graphene-based Solutions for Environmental Challenges

GIANCE Project Kickstarts Pioneering Sustainable Graphene-based Solutions for Environmental Challenges

GIANCE, a groundbreaking research project, officially commenced on October 1st, marking a significant step toward addressing environmental challenges with innovative solutions.

GIANCE is an ambitious initiative that seeks to establish a holistic, integrated and industry-driven platform with a clear focus on improving sustainable materials and their real-world applications. This project is dedicated to designing, developing and scaling up the next generation of cost-effective, sustainable, lightweight and recyclable graphene and related materials (GRM)-based multifunctional composites, coatings, foams and membranes (GRM-bM).

These advanced materials are engineered to possess enhanced properties such as thermal, mechanical and chemical attributes, providing functionalities like wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical and fire resistance, hardness, impact resistance, high-temperature resistance, structural health monitoring and ultra-low friction surfaces.

Furthermore, GIANCE is committed to advancing manufacturing processes, improving synthesis and stability and reducing environmental impact. These capabilities will create strong connections with end-users, facilitating the development and qualification of commercial propositions to high Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs).

To give you a glimpse of the GIANCE project's potential impact, GIANCE is designed to be a robust catalyst in the EU GRM scene, fully supported by major industries to elevate GRM to the next level of applications to strengthen companies in terms of competitiveness and growth potential in line with the needs of EU and global markets. By stimulating new manufactured high-value products and utilizing GRM in major civilian sectors such as transportation (automotive and aerospace), energy (hydrogen economy), and water treatment, GIANCE has the potential to yield significant economic and societal benefits. GIANCE's work directly supports the innovation output and industrialization efforts of the Graphene Flagship initiative, paving the way for the accumulation of knowledge to impact the European Union's industry and society.

GIANCE's Consortium

GIANCE’s consortium comprises 23 partners from 10 countries, representing the entire value chain. The project has brought together leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), large industries, world-class research and educational organisations and innovative SMEs. GIANCE, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon Europe programme, is part of the Graphene Flagship initiative which works to advance technologies that rely on graphene and other 2D materials.

Towards a sustainable future

GIANCE is strategically designed to maximise its impact on industries and society at large, making substantial contributions to the evolving field of graphene and related materials. The project’s ultimate goal is to usher in a strong EU value chain that can transform technological advancements from TRL4-5 into concrete innovation opportunities and production capabilities (TRL6-7). This positioning will grant us first-mover market advantages at scale in the defined industrial sectors.


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