Saint Jean Carbon and Western University receive NSERC Grant

Jan 04, 2017

Saint Jean Carbon logoSaint Jean Carbon, a carbon science company engaged in the design and development of carbon materials and their applications, recently received (along with Western University) a grant from the The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) towards the development of graphene-based systems with special magnetic properties.

The $100,000 grant will be used to cover the cost of the lab work, testing, material creation and all research associated costs. The company stated that it aims to use the funds to get beyond the lab and into working prototypes, scaled models and future commercial production. In addition, SJC hopes that "the results will play a big role in the medical field as well in energy storage for electric cars and green energy creation".

EU's Gladiator project demonstrates a large 2 x 1 cm flexible OLED panel with graphene electrodes

Jan 04, 2017

The Fraunhofer Institute FEP and other partners at EU GLADIATOR project developed a functional flexible OLED lighting device based on graphene electrodes. This device is 2 x 1 cm in size - much larger the previous prototype developed as part of that project last year.

OLED device with graphene electrodes (Gladiator, Jan 2017)

The graphene electrodes were produced in a CVD-based process. The graphene was deposited on a copper film, covered with a flexible polymer carrier and then the copper was etched away.

Graphene-Info's top 10 graphene applications of 2016

Jan 02, 2017

The Graphene-Info team would like to wish all of its readers a very happy new year! 2016 has been a busy year for graphene, as the market is shifting from R&D to graphene implementation and commercialization. Here are 2016's top 10 graphene applications, ranked by the number of posts written about them:

  1. Graphene composites
  2. Graphene sensors
  3. Medicine
  4. Graphene batteries
  5. Electronics
  6. Graphene supercapacitors
  7. Graphene coating
  8. Displays
  9. Graphene inks
  10. Solar energy

Last year, electronics was the most-mentioned topic, but now in 2016 the the most mentioned topic was composites and then sensors. This is another sign that the attention is shifting towards areas in which commercialization is already underway.

Graphene Nanochem secured order for its Platdrill fluid in China

Dec 29, 2016

Graphene Nanochem received a contract order for its Platdrill fluid in the shale gas market in China worth about $360,000. The order pertains to 4,000 barrels of PlatDrill, a smart fluid that speeds the drilling and quality of shale gas as well proving environmental and economic benefits.

The contract is for servicing two wells in Changning in the southwest of the country, an area where 300 shale gas wells are expected to be drilled over the next five years.

The best of 2016 - top graphene stories

Dec 27, 2016

2016 will soon be over - and it was an eventful year for the graphene industry. While we see more graphene-based products continue to enter the market, including some graphene-enhanced sensors and energy related applications, it seems that on the whole the market is now waiting for graphene to prove its potential.

Here are the top 10 stories posted on Graphene-Info in 2016, ranked by popularity (i.e. how many people read the story):

Graphene Nanochem received up to £2.5 million in convertible loan, returns to AIM trading

Dec 25, 2016

Graphene Nanochem logoGraphene Nanochem announced that the company arranged a loan note subscription agreement with Darwin Capital Ltd, to raise up to £2.5 million. This load finalizes the company's restructuring that it announced in April 2016, and the company's shares are set to resume trading at the UK's AIM stock exchange (the trading halted on June 28th 2016).

As part of the re-organization plans, Graphene Nanochem will dispose of its platinum subsidiaries to focus on nanofluids (oil field chemicals), water treatment and enhanced building materials.

Graphene-based electrostatic speaker developed by China-based company

Dec 25, 2016

Wuxi JCNO Materials, a company located in the Wuxi Graphene Industry Zone in China, has created a graphene-based electrostatic speaker. The speakers are reportedly constructed using graphene resin composite materials, able to produce medium and low bass sounds that conventional metal resin compounds cannot reach. The graphene speaker is also said to be simpler, longer-lasting and cheaper to produce than traditional technology.

Electrostatic speakers sound by vibrating the diaphragm before and after with the action of electrostatic force. It can capture the extremely small changes in the music signal to fully show the nuances of the music. This kind of speaker has already been used in applications like cars, theaters and exhibitions.