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Graphene is the world's strongest, thinnest and most conductive material, made from carbon. Graphene's remarkable properties enable exciting new applications in electronics, solar panels, batteries, medicine, aerospace, 3D printing and more!
Recent Graphene news:
The University of Manchester has been awarded a £3 million research grant to develop breakthrough applications for various 2D materials, graphene included. The five year grant, from charity Lloyd’s Register Foundation, will aim to examine how combining one-atom-thick materials could create unique materials, customized for the demands of industry and commercial applications like flexible optoelectronics, gas separation and water desalination.
Sir Andre Geim, the Physics Nobel prize laureate, will lead a consortium that includes Harvard University, National University of Singapore, ETH Zurich and the Japanese National Institute for Materials Science. Geim states that the subject area has now matured and is ready for applications. The consortium plans to exploit the breakthrough discoveries made by its groups over the last 10 years and endeavour into unknown territories, aiming at opening new research fronts and developing fundamentally new technologies.
A few weeks ago we reported on a new IDTechEx market report, in which they predict that the graphene market will reach nearly $200 million by 2026, with the estimation that the largest sectors will be composites, energy applications and graphene coatings.
We were very interested in learning more, and Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, IDTechEx's head of consulting was kind enough to answer a few questions and explain the company's view on the graphene market.
Q: IDTechEx has been following graphene for a long time with dedicated events and reports. Why is this new material interesting for IDTechEx?
We have a long track record of analyzing emerging advanced materials such as quantum dots, CNTs, Ag nanostructures, silicon nanostructures, OLED materials, etc. We were however pulled into the world of graphene by our clients’ questions. Once in, we soon realized that there is a big synergy between graphene and our events. in fact, our events on supercapacitors and printed electronics were the right near-term addressable market for graphene, and that is why we managed to rapidly build up the largest business-focused event on graphene. Our events on graphene are held in the USA and Europe each year – see www.IDTechEx.com/usa.
A group of scientists from Russia, USA and China used computer generated simulations to predict the existence of a new 2D carbon material, a "patchwork" analogue of graphene called phagraphene. Unlike graphene, phagraphene consists of penta-, hexa- and heptagonal carbon rings and its name is made of a contraction of Penta-Hexa-heptA-graphene.
Phagraphene is expected to share many of the same properties with graphene. The researchers say that in phagraphene, due to the different number of atoms in the rings, some properties are predicted to be different and that it would be interesting to see where it might be useful.
The newly established Edison Motor Cars, a partnership between Sunvault Energy, the Edison Power Company and Delaware Corporation, has declared a highly ambitious first project: an electric car powered by graphene-based hydrogen fuel cell that will allegedly perform better than a Ferrari.
The car, to be named Edison Electron One, is meant to be unveiled in 2016 and equipped with an electric drive unit at each wheel, providing the vehicle with 1,355 Newton meters of torque (which is almost double that of a Ferrari 488 GTB and one third more than that of the Tesla P85D). The car will also be able to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in about two seconds and recharge in five minutes.
The University of Manchester has released an artist’s impression of how the next £60m phase of the Graphene Valley will look. The Graphene Engineering Innovation Center will be a research and development facility focusing on the practical applications of graphene and other 2D materials.
The GEIC will be one of several buildings in Manchester dedicated to graphene and 2D material research, alongside the £61m National Graphene Institute, which opened earlier this year, and the £235m Sir Henry Royce Institute for Materials Research and Innovation, set to be built within the University of Manchester’s Oxford Road campus. The GEIC scheme is set to complete in 2017.
The Graphene-Info team is excited to announce its attendance in the Graphene World Summit on November 04-06 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The 2nd Annual World Summit will encompass the entire range of activities, including researching, developing, producing, financing and investing in graphene and the commercialization of graphene-enabled applications. The conference features global leaders who are working toward driving the broader use of graphene enabled technologies.
Graphene-Info's owner and editor-in-chief, Ron Mertens, is a member of the 2015 Advisory Committee, along with other esteemed members of the industry. Be advised that the Super Early Bird Cost rate of €475 expires this Friday 04 September so register now to benefit from this great deal.
Graphene was recently at the heart of artistic designs for the warships of the future. British Naval architects and engineers were tasked by the Royal Navy and Ministry of Defense to imagine how the future fleet might look, in a challenge issued by Startpoint, a procurement group that brings together experts in naval defense from government, military and industry to provide advanced technology against a backdrop of tightening budgets.
Graphene was suggested as a means to increase the strength of ships, as well coating hulls to reduce drag, meaning they could sail faster and use less fuel. Among other features thought up for the ships are drone carrying sensors to replace conventional masts, to be connected to the ship by a tether made from cryogenically-cooled carbon nanotubes which would transmit power to aircraft’s motors and also energy weapons such as lasers.