GS Paper - 3 (Science and Technology)

The Kerala government announced the country’s first Graphene Innovation Centre, a joint venture of Digital University of Kerala, Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET) and Tata Steel Limited. The India Innovation Centre for Graphene would come up in Thrissur at a cost of Rs 86.41 crore.

What

  1. The project would give a major fillip for scientific research as well as the state’s industrial sector.
  2. Apart from Tata Steel Limited, which is the major stakeholder in the venture, other industrial enterprises would also give support for the Innovation Centre.
  3. The state government would provide the basic infrastructure for the project. The Centre would help attract investors to develop graphene products.
  4. Graphene is a one-atom-thick layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice.
  5. It is the building-block of Graphite, but graphene is a remarkable substance on its own with a multitude of astonishing properties.
  6. It is the thinnest, most electrically and thermally conductive material in the world, while also being flexible, transparent and incredibly strong.
  7. Graphene is also known as a wonder material due to its vast potential in the energy and medical world.