Italian Institute of Technology – IIT
The Italian Institute of Technology is a foundation for conducting scientific research of general interest for the purposes of technological development. The IIT’s goal is to promote excellence in basic and applied research and to encourage the development of the national economic system. The total staff of the IIT numbers over 1600 people from over 60 countries. Since 2009, its scientific activity has been further bolstered by the creation of 11 IIT research centres across the country (one in Turin, Trento, Rome, Naples, Lecce, Ferrara and Venice; two each in Pisa and in Milan) and two outstations abroad (at MIT and Harvard in the USA) which, along with the Central Laboratories in Genoa, develop the research programmes for the 2018-2023 strategic plan.
BeDimensional, the innovative start-up founded as a spin-off of the IIT in 2016, has signed an agreement with the IIT for the use of its spaces and equipment, and is an example of the realisation of the model of technological transfer implemented by the IIT itself which has generated highly innovative specific expertise within its own labs, allowing for the creation of a company capable of having a direct impact on the production sector.
The Graphene Flagship is a European Commission initiative created to promote the transfer of research on graphene and other two-dimensional crystals in the industrial world. With a budget of a billion Euros, it represents the largest investment made by the European Community so far in a specific research project, and comprises over 150 academic and industrial research groups across 23 countries.
The aim of the Graphene Flagship is to bring together academic and industrial researchers with the goal of bringing graphene from the academic laboratories of the European Union to industry within the next ten years, thereby stimulating economic growth, new jobs and new opportunities.
The IIT has been a member of the Graphene Flagship since the launch of the project, and BeDimensional is currently an “Associated Member” in view of its position as an industrial company thanks to its main objective, namely bringing graphene and other two-dimensional crystals from the laboratories to market. BeDimensional is de facto one of the innovative companies founded in part thanks to this European investment and which the entire consortium can rely upon to bring about the technological transfer in relation to new solutions in the energy sector (batteries, supercapacitors and solar cells) in addition to promoting the development of new composite materials, some of which are already available on the market.