Graphene and graphene-related materials (GRMs) are ideal materials for flexible electronic components, as graphene is inherent ultra-thin, flexible, elastic and almost completely transparent. Graphene-based photonic sensors have a remarkable performance and can be used for pollution sensing, security, night vision, automotive as well as health and fitness monitoring. ICFO has demonstrated wearable photonic sensors for fitness monitoring, such as heart rate and blood oxygen saturation. These ultra-thin and wearable demonstrator devices were demonstrated recently at the mobile world congress in Barcelona. In the near-future, more fitness and health markers will become available, with the potential to predict illness, fatigue etc.
About Frank Koppens
Prof. Frank Koppens is a group leader at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona. He is leading the innovation and scientific activities that exploit the new wonder material “graphene”.
The graphene activities at ICFO focus on the creation of new devices, or its building blocks, such as sensors, wearable electronics and health devices that are flexible and transparent, as well as new types of cameras and sensors surpassing human capabilities. 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.
ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences is a research center located in a specially designed, 14.000 m2-building situated in the Mediterranean Technology Park in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. It currently hosts 350 people, including research group leaders, post-doctoral researchers, PhD students, research engineers, and staff, organized in 23 research groups working in 60 state-of-the-art research laboratories, equipped with the latest experimental facilities and supported by a range of cutting-edge facilities for nanofabrication, characterization, imaging and engineering.
At ICFO, a total of 11 groups and a critical mass of more than 50 researchers performs research at the forefront of graphene and related 2D-materials science as a viable alternative to conventional photonic, plasmonic, opto-electronic and nanophotonic materials.