ROLL-UP laptops, paper-thin smartphones and lighter aeroplanes may become a reality under a €1bn research project involving Irish scientists.
Millions of euro will be pumped into a European Commission project to investigate the potential of a pure carbon substance, graphene, which has been hailed as a "wonder material".
Both Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin will be involved as more than 126 academics and groups from 17 countries examine the capabilities of the material.
Graphene has been described as the strongest, most impermeable and most conductive material known to man.
It forms in minute layers just one atom thick, yet it is 200 times stronger than steel.