This project studies coating of the optical fibers, using advances in Nano technology. In particular, we want to investigate if the unique properties of graphene can be used to further extend the capabilities of fiber optics, utilizing the unique thermal, electrical and gas permeability properties of graphene. Many new and emerging application of fiber optics require new features, enhanced reliability and quality, and a reduction of deployment time and cost. The FO cable market has a CAGR at 9.8% from USD 3.16 Billion in 2016 to USD 5 Billion in 2021. We can address this market as a provider of IP, technology or products should graphene coated FO be technically and commercially viable. This project is formed as a collaboration between Chalmers Industrial & Material Science, KTH Optical Network Lab, Rise/Acreo fiber Lab and Bitelecom AB, a manufacturer and supplier of optical cables and other passive optical equipment. Chalmers maintains a unique competence in material science and demonstrates capabilities to incorporate graphene nanoplatelets into polymer matrix which can be coated on top of a naked fiber strand. Rise/Acreo is equipped with a unique competence in manufacturing of fiber optic strands, advanced coating and packaging technology. KTH provides unique knowledge and insight in next generation of optical communication & data networks and contributes to an understanding of new and emerging requirements.
Associate Professor at Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Engineering Materials
Funding Chalmers participation during 2018