The two dynamically interactive components of the newly-established CA2DM-GRC are:
- Technology Research
- Business Development
The Integrated Research Engine
Technology research in CA2DM-GRC is envisioned as comprising four pillars of equal importance. Individually, each group offers proven world-leading core capabilities in 2D materials. They make up an integrated research powerhouse that delivers waves of new knowledge and technology in an ongoing stream of groundbreaking work. The four pillars themselves are all headed by distinguished academics recognized and respected by their peers in 2D materials research: Graphene Research; 2D Materials Research; 2D Device Research; and Theory
Critical interactions are going on all the time between each of the research groups in a dynamic and stimulating environment that promotes groundbreaking work.
In CA2DM-GRC, we see the four groups in the research engine forming a close-knit inner layer that embraces active, collaborative relationships between them. This academic research layer maintains multiple contacts with industry through the OII. These connections are framed in the second, outer layer within which resides the dynamic domains of innovation, incubation, engagement and commercialization.
The research structure is designed to support a 2D materials academia-industry value chain. Through this chain, we want to achieve the best possible alignment between academic research and the needs/demands of industry. Critical knowledge assets are transferred out of academia and used to enhance, extend, and even create, products and processes out in industry.
The Gateway to Industry Partnerships
The convergence of academic talent and industry goals comes about through a carefully negotiated and managed process. This brings us to the second core component in the CA2DM-GRC matrix, which is Business Development. Its role is to facilitate and provide the impetus for innovation-driven contacts between academic researchers and industry R&D professionals.
Three strategic value propositions are placed on the table for interested parties from industry through OII:
- Innovation and Incubation
- Critical success factor for both academic research and industrial product development
- Right environment to stimulate ideas at initial stages and nurture them through development
- Industry Engagement
- Opportunities for dialogue, interaction, collaboration and technology transfer
- Culmination of joint efforts to extract significant economic value from innovation products
These are identified and shortlisted as key areas with common ground for the meeting of minds between academia and industry.