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Recent graphene News

The Sixth Element opens a European office, we talk with its new sales director

Jul 28, 2016

Bernhard Münzing photoThe Sixth Element Materials Technology is a Chengzhou, China based company that develops and produces graphene and graphene oxide materials. The company recently opened a sales office in Europe, and appointed Bernhard Münzing as sales director.

Bernhard was kind enough to participate in an interview with graphene-info. Bernhard is an industrial engineer with a focus on chemistry, who has held different positions in sales, materials management, marketing and business development in big as well as medium sized chemical companies.

Q: We understand that The Sixth Element (T6E) currently produces graphene flakes and graphene oxide, in a 100 ton/year plant in Chengzhou. Is that correct? Can you tell us anything regarding the current production plant?

Thomas Swan and NGI announce partnership

Jul 27, 2016

Thomas Swan logoThomas Swan announced a unique partnership with the National Graphene Institute (NGI) to provide development materials to boost graphene research and commercialization while also increasing early stage research on other 2D materials.

Through the new partnership Thomas Swan will contribute 2D products to support early stage research projects within the NGI and will also support scale-up for prototyping of new technologies. The NGI will provide feedback on the performance of Thomas Swan products and identify opportunities for future improvement.

Graphene oxide-based foam to clean dirty water

Jul 27, 2016

Researchers at Washington University have managed to use graphene oxide sheets to create a biofoam that can transform dirty water into drinking water. Their hope is that in countries where there is a lot of sunlight, it'll be possible to take dirty water, evaporate it using this material, and collect fresh water.

This new method combines bacteria-produced cellulose and graphene oxide to form a bi-layered biofoam. The production process is said to be extremely simple, and the nanoscale cellulose fiber network produced by bacteria has excellent ability to move the water from the bulk to the evaporative surface while minimizing the heat coming down. The material is a bi-layered structure with light-absorbing graphene oxide filled nanocellulose at the top and pristine nanocellulose at the bottom. When suspended this on water, the water is actually able to reach the top surface where evaporation happens.

Aixtron takes part in “HEA2D” project to investigate the production, qualities, and applications of 2D nanomaterials

Jul 25, 2016

Aixtron logoAixtron, a leading provider of deposition equipment, is working together with five partners in the “HEA2D” project to investigate the production, qualities, and applications of 2D nanomaterials.

The joint project is now researching an end-to-end processing chain consisting of various deposition processes for 2D materials, processes for transfer onto plastic foils, and mass integration into plastics components. AIXTRON’s partners for implementing systems technology and integrating materials into plastic molded parts are the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT), Coatema Coating Machinery, and Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid (K.I.M.W.). This work is being supported in terms of nano-analytics and the development of prototype components by the Institutes of “Electronic Materials and Nanostructures” (University of Duisburg-Essen) and “Graphene-based Nanotechnology” (University of Siegen).

Versarien raises £1.1 million for graphene-related acquisition

Jul 25, 2016

Versarien logo imageVersarien has raised £1.1 million from existing investors. The funds will be used to finance an acquisition that was set in motion a few months ago, of two companies where graphene inclusion would provide significant product and market benefits.

In May 2016, Versarien announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Bromley Technologies to collaborate on the development of graphene-enhanced carbon fibre products using Versarien’s graphene nano platelets. In March 2016, Versarien announced that it has teamed up with E3D Online Ltd, a 3D printing specialist, to carry out initial trials using graphene.

China-Manchester deal could see graphene-based trains and aircraft

Jul 25, 2016

A trade deal between China and Manchester will aim at graphene-based transportation. Scientists at Manchester University will team up with the Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials in a five-year research project that will aim to build graphene-based aircraft and trains.

The Chinese funding, thought to be worth up to £3 million, will be put into the project that will include joint research as well as the exchange of scientists between Beijing and the university’s National Graphene Institute.

William Blythe to start selling graphene oxide

Jul 25, 2016

William Blythe, Uk-based chemicals manufacturer, has announced the addition of graphene oxide to its portfolio of innovative products. According to the company, this step was made possible when the company moved graphene oxide to large lab scale manufacture and reached kilogram capacity production.

William Blythe GO roadmap image

William Blythe is currently able to offer graphene oxide as a dispersion in deionised water. The percentage dispersions are agreed upon with customers on an individual basis. WB's current capabilities allow the manufacture of up to 20 kg of powdered graphene oxide equivalent per annum with the intention of increasing to tonnage scale in the next 6 – 12 months.