“However, despite these groundbreaking inventions and the recognition of the great potential of graphene,” he said, “many challenges remain before its full technological potential can be realized and lead to large-scale innovations with significant economic impact.”
In spite of these sorts of challenges, Georgia’s top education and economic development officials have encouraged universities to work more closely with Georgia businesses in the commercialization of their research.
At a year-end luncheon held at Georgia State University, both Hank Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia, and Chris Cummiskey, the state’s top economic development official, called for a re-branding of the state that would highlight its cutting-edge research.
Meanwhile construction of the 30,000-square-foot Lafayette Institute on the Georgia Tech-Lorraine campus is underway and is to be completed by the end of the year.
The facility currently is described as a portal for innovation in optoelectronics and advanced materials.
“Our students from every corner of the world gather to learn together as our researchers forge collaborations across continents and enter into unique partnerships with industry and government,” Dr. Kippelen said.
Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute, the university’s business and economic development arm, is providing support to the Lafayette Institute, as is the university’s Nanotechnology Research Center.