2017 International Forum on Graphene, Shenzhen Opens at GSST
The 2017 International Forum on Graphene in Shenzhen opened at the Graduate School of Tsinghua University (GSST) on 10 April. The China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and the Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Committee (SSTIC) hosted the Forum, which was organized by GSST and Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI). The Shenzhen Municipal Development and Reform, and Economics and Trade Commissions, along with the Shenzhen Association of Science and Technology, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Metal Research assisted. ZHANG Hu (Member of Shenzhen Municipal Committee, Executive Vice-Mayor, Shenzhen) spoke at the opening ceremony. CHENG Huiming (TBSI) and Professor KANG Feiyu (Dean, GSST) co-chaired.
The Forum’s focus was on improving research in and industrialization of graphene and other two-dimensional materials. Attendees discussed the development and future of scientific research on these materials from both academic and industry perspectives.
Professor KANG Feiyu (Dean, GSST) noted in his opening speech that China has produced many papers and patents covering graphene research and its industrialization of graphene has progressed rapidly. Shenzhen greatly supported graphene research and particularly encouraged local firms and research institutions to become involved in the field. Shenzhen Municipality also hopes that, through this Forum, scientists, whether within or without China, could better communicate and develop collaboration opportunities.
Sir Andre Geim (Regius Professor and Royal Society Research Professor, University of Manchester) spoke of his team’s experiences researching graphene ten years ago. He commented on the importance of Shenzhen supporting research in graphene and related materials science.
ZHANG Hu (Vice-Mayor, Shenzhen) stated that as the first national innovation city and as a model of innovation, Shenzhen has endeavored to develop rising strategic industries, such as new materials industries.
Shenzhen is regarded as an important research center for research into new materials and their industrialization and has seen the development of world-leading graphene terahertz chips and flexible display techniques. More than 300 national high-tech new materials research companies are located in Shenzhen. By 2020, the gross annual value of these companies is estimated to reach 2.3 trillion RMB (approx. $336 billion USD). Graphene research is listed as a focus in Shenzhen Municipality’s “10 Major Technology Projects” and “10 Manufacturing Innovation Centers” for 2017.
More than 50 leading scientists and entrepreneurs spoke at the Forum, which attracted more than 600 attendees from universities, research institutions and companies around China, the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Singapore.
The International Forum on Graphene in Shenzhen has been an influential annual global forum since 2014.