Frank Koppens

Frank Koppens

ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain

Prof. Frank Koppens is a group leader at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona. Koppens has a PhD in physics (from the Netherlands) and worked as a scientist at Harvard University. Currently, he is leading the innovation and scientific activities that exploit the new wonder material graphene. Graphene is thinner, stronger, more flexible and a better conductor than any other material. The graphene activities at ICFO focus on the creation of new devices, or its building blocks, such as wearable electronics and health devices that are flexible and transparent, as well as new types of cameras and sensors surpassing human capabilities. But graphene also enables faster data-communication and faster computing, as well as flexible super-batteries, flexible displays, and so on. Koppens is one of the leaders in the European Graphene Flagship, a one Billion Euro project, which aims to take graphene applications from the laboratories to the market. Prof. Koppens heads Flagship’s science and technology group on optoelectronics and photonic applications.

Graphene and beyond: a revolution in two dimensions

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