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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

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 launches graphene-based 3D printing material

Sep 26, 2016

Directa Plus logoItaly-based Directa Plus announced the launch of GRAFYLON 3D, a graphene-enhanced filament for 3D printing. The new product has been developed in collaboration with FILOALFA, a division of Ciceri de Mondel that specializes in producing filaments used in 3D printing, and is now commercially available. RAFYLON® 3D is available starting today for purchase directly from the FILOALFA website and from FILOALFA’s dealers.

GRAFYLON 3D is a new generation of polylactic acid-based (PLA) filament containing Directa’s graphene-based product. In 3D printing, hundreds or thousands of layers of material are “printed” layer upon layer using various materials, most commonly plastic polymers such as PLA filaments. The inclusion of the company's Graphene Plus enhances the filament’s properties, while reportedly maintaining a competitive price. During testing, the following improvements in performance compared with non-graphene-based 3D filaments were observed:

Lomiko to present graphene supercapacitor prototype at Battery Materials Conference in Toronto

Sep 22, 2016

Lomiko Metals has announced that it will be presenting a summary of the Graphene Energy Storage Devices Corp. (GESD) Graphene Supercapacitor Project at the Battery Material Conference in Toronto September 2016.

Graphene ESD supercapacitor prototype image

GESD is currently working on scale-up of the technology and an in-field evaluation of the energy storage unit with Stony Brook University. The GESD-SBU team demonstrated design and implementation of a sealed high-voltage EDLCs energy storage unit. The unit is internally balanced, there is no need for an external circuit. The electrode is very cost-effective nano-carbon composite either of a commercial carbon or of graphene platelets with carbon nanotubes. The nano-carbon electrode materials were used for deposition and assembly of a working prototype of an internally balanced high-voltage energy storage unit. The bench-top prototype unit, tested up to 10 V, exhibited good discharge characteristics and charge retention. This development enables new compact energy storage solutions for grid and vehicular applications.

Graphene for the Display and Lighting Industries

Chinese cooperation yields graphene-enhanced tires set for mass production

Aug 30, 2016

A Chinese tire company called Qingdao Sentury Tire and a Chinese graphene producer by the name of Huagao Graphene Technology have signed an agreement to produce “electrostatic tires”. The companies reportedly started that trial production of graphene-based conducting tires in October last year and have now agreed to launch mass production.

Graphene-enhanced tire image

According to the production plan, the output will be 5 million tires a year in the first five years, with the amount set to double for the second five-year period.

Haydale to launch graphene-enhanced PLA filaments for 3D printing

Aug 11, 2016

Haydale logoHaydale Composite Solutions (HCS), Haydale Graphene Industries' wholly owned subsidiary that specializes in the design, development and commercialization of advanced polymer composite materials, will be launching graphene-enhanced poly lactic acid (PLA) filaments for 3D printing at the TCT show in Birmingham on 28 and 29 September 2016.

HCS is collaborating with UK-based Filamentprint, a company specializing in the compounding and manufacture of thermoplastic filaments for 3D printing and Fullerex, Haydale's sales agent for its functionalized nanomaterials.

Graphene 3D Lab to start selling a new single-layer graphene oxide material

Jul 31, 2016

Graphene 3D Labs logoGraphene 3D Lab announced that it will be selling a new single-layer graphene oxide material under the trade name of “ORG-GO”.

The new material can reportedly be easily dissolved in a variety of organic solvents to achieve ultrahigh concentrations. ORG-GO also boasts outstanding thermal stability. G3L expects that the ORG-GO product line will find numerous applications such as being a reinforcement for polymers and nanocomposites as well as for the preparation of high-performance graphene inks and coatings.