The stage is set for the first graphene research and innovation centre in the country to become a reality as a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the implementation partners here in this regard. Digital University Kerala, Centre for Materials for Electronics Technologies & Tata Steel are the implementation partners of the innovative initiative. A translational research centre being established by the Government of India and Government of Kerala to drive research and innovation in the applications of graphene, the India Innovation Centre for Graphene will undertake research and development, product innovation and capacity building activities in the area of graphene and 2D materials ecosystem. The centre will function as an anchor point to promote startups and commercial research. Currently there are only very few graphene research centres globallyThe centre will be located in the Integrated Startup Complex at KINFRA High Tech Park at Kalamassery in Kochi. The centre is being established with an overall outlay of INR 86.41 crore. Digital University Kerala will develop graphene transfer and applications while CMET will be involved in graphene synthesis and development required for these graphene based applications. With an investment of INR 7 crore, Tata Steel will be the key industrial partner in this initiative and the steel manufacturer will also provide business and technical support for developing the centre's profile.Graphene is often referred to as the wonder material for its extraordinary electrical and electronic properties. It is the thinnest and strongest material in the world ever known and has good chemical stability, high electrical conductivity and a large surface area while being transparent and lightweight. It is a 2D material, ie, it is a solid crystal with just single layer of atoms arranged in ordered patterns. The emerging 2D materials will have a wide range of commercial and industrial applications in biomedical, defense, electronics, energy, and sensors in the future, claims the institutes. As per latest researches, Graphene could replace indium and thereby bring down cost of OLED, organic light emitting diode, screens in smartphones.