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Graphene is a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms in a honeycomb crystal lattice (hexagons), and is the building-block of Graphite. Graphene is exciting researchers and businesses around the world - as it's strong and thin and possesses very interesting properties. Graphene has a lot of possible applications in the fields of electricity, conductivity, energy generation, batteries, sensors and more.

Siren Technology security smart packaging photo



Graphene production

There are dozens of small companies that are already producing graphene (and graphene-based materials). While production volume is small and prices are still high, we already begin to see some commercial applications that use these materials. Hopefully in coming years production volume will increase and prices will drop which will enable more and more products to use graphene based materials.

Commercial products that use graphene

As we said, while graphene is a relatively new material, applications are starting to appear. The first product to use graphene, as far as we know, is the Siren Technology security smart packaging, which uses Vorbeck Materials's graphene based Ink.

Powerbooster graphene flexible touch-panel photo

Some companies have announced some graphene based products, we're not sure if these are real yet. Shanghai's Powerbooster Technology claim to have developed a graphene-based flexible touch-panels for mobile devices. They say they are already producing millions of such panels a month, shipping them to mid-sized Chinese smartphone makers. This isn't confirmed yet though.

HEAD YouTek graphene tennis racket photo

In the beginning of 2013, HEAD announced their new range of graphene tennis rackets (YouTek Graphene Speed series). These rackets supposedly use graphene to make the shaft stronger and lighter, and HEAD says that the graphene helps distribute the weight better and creates a stronger and better controlled racket. HEAD offers five different rackets, ranging from $170 to $286. It's still not clear what's the material HEAD are using exactly in this product, but it's likely that they are using AGM's graphene flakes.

In 2014, HEAD launched a line of graphene-enhanced skis for women, called Joy, which are meant to be lightweight and durable. The line includes several models, and is currently about 20% more expensive than traditional skis.

head graphene ski line image

In October 2013, a new company called Thermene launched the Graphene-Oxide based Thermene Graphene Thermal Paste which is aimed towards CPU cooling. For $15 you can buy 3 ml of Thermene which should be enough for about a dozen CPUs. We were told that the graphene supplier is Graphene Supermarket. Specifically they are using graphene oxide flakes (or platelets) which is at least 80% one layer graphene.

In October 2014, Vittoria released a new range of bicycle race wheels that are built from graphene-enhanced composite materials. The new wheels (called Qurano) are the best wheels offered by Vittoria, and they say these are the fastest wheels in the world - all thanks to graphene. Vittoria uses graphene materials produced by Italy's Directa Plus, added to their carbon-fiber matrix built wheel rim.

Vittoria Qurano graphene-enhanced wheels photo

In 2014, A Spanish company called Catlike launched a line of cycling helmets called Mixino 2014, enhanced with graphene. These helmets are said to be light and strong, and offer major improvements in the field of safety and impact absorption.

catlike mixino graphene helmet image

Catlike also launched a line of graphene-enhanced cycling shoes to hit the market around Christmas 2014-2015. The line is called whisper and combines different kinds of cycling shoes (for road, mountain and triathlon biking). The shoes are supposed to provide superior performance by being light and durable.

catlike graphene cycling shoes whisper image

In November 2016, A graphene oxide (GO) sensor co-developed by the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors group was added to the list products offered by Biolin Scientific, a prestigious instrumentation company devoted to the production of analytical devices. The Q-Sense GO sensor enables interaction studies of GO with various analytes (measured substances) of interest and may open the door to various applications with interest for diagnostics, safety/security and environmental monitoring.

Bioline Q-Sensor image

In December 2016, San Diego-based Nanomedical Diagnostics, established in late 2013 to develop cutting-edge diagnostics equipment, started shipping its graphene-based sensors and the AGILE R100 system which allows for real-time detection of small molecules - with no lower size limit. Nanomedical's graphene-based sensors enable faster sample processing, greater accuracy, portability and cost savings.

Nanomedical Diagnostics Agile R100 photo

We expect the first graphene-based mass-market products to be touch displays and Li-Ion batteries.

Further reading

Latest graphene products news

Directa Plus and Eurojersey jointly develop graphene-enhanced textiles

Feb 14, 2017

Directa Plus, a producer and supplier of graphene-based products for use in consumer and industrial markets, has teamed up with Eurojersey, an Italian producer of technical fabrics under its Sensitive Fabrics brand, to produce a range of fabrics containing the company’s graphene-based products. The new line will focus on high-performance technical fabrics targeting sportswear and underwear sectors.

Directa Plus and Eurojersey develop graphene-based sports clothes line image

The companies are conducting joint R&D to further develop the prototype textiles into product samples that will be marketed to the customers of Directa Plus and Eurojersey. The lamination of Sensitive Fabrics with Grafytherm functional membranes containing G+, distributed exclusively by Directa Textile Solutions, reportedly produces a technologically advanced fabric with unique thermal features: the presence of G+ graphene, which is highly thermally conductive, allows a homogeneous distribution of the heat produced by the human body in cold weather and a heat dispersion effect in hot weather.

FiiO launches in-ear monitor earphones with a graphene-enhanced driver

Feb 10, 2017

China-based FiiO Electronics launched new in-ear monitor earphones, the FiiO F3, that make use of a graphene-enhanced diaphragm driver. FiiO says that graphene enabled the development of a thin and flexible driver, which enables the F3 to faithfully reproduce music with a clean, rich, yet transparent high-fidelity sound.

Fiio F3 photo

The FiiO F3 is now shipping in China and in the US, you can buy one at Amazon.com now for $24.99. We talked to FiiO and they confirm the graphene membrane and explained that it was not developed by FiiO in-house. You can see a close-up of the graphene driver below.

Graphene Handbook

Directa Plus and Colmar launch second collection of graphene-enhanced ski jackets

Feb 06, 2017

Directa Plus, a producer and supplier of graphene-based products, has announced that Colmar, the high-end sportswear company, has launched a new collection of ski jackets containing the Company’s graphene-based products.

Directa Plus and Colmar launch graphene-enhanced ski jackets image

The new Technologic G+ ski jacket is the second Colmar collection to contain Directa's Graphene Plus (G+) and follows the ski-suit of the first capsule collection, worn by the French national ski team for multiple successful tournaments.

McLaren unveils a titanium-graphene watch

Jan 19, 2017

McLaren, the British racing team/supercar manufacturer, has announced the new RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph Ultralight McLaren F1. The watch's mechanism weighs only 7 grams and the entire watch just 40, with the help of a graphene, titanium and carbon fiber composite.

Mclaren's graphene-enhanced watch image

It was reported that McLaren's Applied Technologies division has been working with the National Graphene Institute on applications for graphene, out of which high-end watchmaker Richard Mille (working in collaboration with McLaren), constructed the three-part case, with the titanium and carbon-fiber movement at its center.

Graphene-enhanced street lighting fixtures are being deployed in China

Dec 08, 2016

Reports out of China state that graphene-based road lighting fixtures are being installed in 28 streets in Beijing, which are said to be up to 30% more energy efficient than current fixtures. These graphene lamps can reportedly reach 140 lumens per watt, which means the new lamps can be much brighter than currently used ones, that produce 110 lumens per watt.

The fixtures' exteriors are made of black and grey composite materials and most of the heat-conducting adhesives and chips inside are said to be produced with graphene. The Chinese official PR mentioned a company called MS Technology but its exact role is not clear. It is said to be "a company focusing on heat dispersing materials research and the firm that first invented graphene lamps that were put into mass production".