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Recent Graphene news:
Germany-based Microdrop Technologies (a private provider of equipment, software and services for advanced precision microdispensing and inkjet printing applications) reports that they tested graphene for for applications in micro printing, 3D printing and other related applications - and it exhibited excellent quality and characteristics.
The company will now start advanced tests for applications such as conductive inks, biochips, biomedicine and nanocoatings. Microdrop used graphene supplied by Australia-based miner company Talga Resources. This is Talga's first graphene sale.
Researchers from MIT developed a carbon-based sponge that can be used to make a steam-based energy generation device. They say that such a device can reach an energy efficiency of 85%, better than current solar-powered commercial devices.
The newly developed sponge is made from a combination of graphite flakes and carbon foam. It floats on water, and when sunlight hits it, it creates a hotspot which draws up water through the pores in the material, which evaporates as steam. The process generates very little heat and can produce steam at low solar intensity (the lowest optical concentration reported thus far).
Graphene Frontier, spun off from the University of Pennsylvania, is producing graphene using their own Atmospheric Pressure CVD (APCVD) technology, a roll-to-roll process that does not require a vacuum. We now hear that the company raised $1.6 million in Series Seed B funding.
The round was led by Trimaran Capital Partners with participation from R2M Investments and return backers WEMBA 36 Angels. Graphene Frontiers will use the money to hire additional researchers, expand the lab facilities and accelerate the development of their proprietary GFET sensors and manufacturing process.
Researchers from Spain's University of Santiago de Compostela and IBM developed an extremely simple method to make high-quality well-defined nano graphene flakes from perylene, a common organic compound.
The new method uses arynes as molecular glue to paste graphene fragments together. This results in "clover-shaped" graphene flakes that are deposited on thin insulating films. It is possible to create those nano flakes in different sizes and shapes.
SciShow published this short fun video explaining all about graphene. It's actually quite good and well worth a watch:
Graphene Technologies and Stratasys announced a partnership to co-develop graphene-enhanced 3D-printing materials. Graphene Technologies, established in 2007 in California, developed a unique patented and eco-friendly way to synthesize graphene from carbon dioxide. Stratasys is a leading 3D printing company, worth over $5 billion.
The US-Israeli BIRD Foundation will help fund this development effort. The foundation recently approved 11 projects worth $8.9 million (with additional $16 million in private sector funds). We do not know how much of that $8.9 was allocated for the graphene project.
Haydale signed a research and collaboration agreement with the Swansea University’s Welsh Centre for Printing and Coatings (WCPC). Haydale and the WCPC will further refine and develop Haydale's proprietary ink formulations to fully commercialize graphene based inks and coatings.
The first stage will focus on a number of specifically targeted inks and coatings. Haydale will supply ink formulationas to the WCPC, which will develop and refine them. The collaboration is also looking at the exploitation of functionalised graphene and other carbon nano-materials developed by Haydale in areas such as transparent conductive films, barrier coatings and 3D printing.