The EU launched a new project called GLADIATOR (Graphene Layers: Production, Characterization and Integration) that aims to improve the quality and size of CVD graphene sheets and reduce the production cost.
GLADIATOR directly targets the transparent electrodes market and will demonstrate that ITO can be matched on performance (over 90% transparency and a resistance of less than 10 W/sq) and cost (under 30 €/m2). During the project, they will produce ultraviolet organic photodiodes and large area flexible OLEDs.
The Korean Intellectual Property Office posted some interesting figures today. They report that Korean companies are securing essential patents related to the commercialization of graphene - and several companies are making inroads into graphene production and manufacturing transparent graphene-based displays.
Between 2005 and June 2013 a total of 2,921 graphene-related patents have been applied for in Korea, and the rate is accelerating quickly. 93% of those patents have been applied for by Korean individuals and organizations.
The wall street journal posted an interesting article and video on graphene. The article discusses the current state of research and business, possible graphene applications and the rush to patent related technologies.
The article starts with the Cambridge graphene research center and then discusses several companies and their graphene programs, including IBM, Nokia, BlueStone Global Tech, Vorbeck Materials, Lockheed Martin and Aixtron.
China's Chongqing Morsh Technology is building a production line in Chongqing that will be used to produce 15" single-layer graphene films. They hope to start production by March 2014, and they already signed an agreement with Guangdong Zhengyang, an OGS maker to produce 10 million graphene based transparent conducting films (TCFs) in a year for the next five years. These films will be used to produce touch panels for mobile devices.
Chongqing Morsh was established by the Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology. The company is buying graphene from Ningbo Morsh Technology.
Last month we posted about Shanghai's Powerbooster Technology and their graphene-based flexible touch-panels for mobile devices. The company is using Bluestone Global Tech's graphene to produce those panels. BGT now posted a nice video showing these touch panels in action:
Markets and Markets released a new graphene market report ("Graphene Electronics Market: 2013-2023") in which they forecast that the total graphene technology market will grow at an estimated 55.54% CAGR (Compound annual growth rate).
The total graphene market will reach $100 million in 2018 - and it will be used in a range of applications including RFID, smart packaging, supercapacitors, composites, ITO replacement, sensors, logic, memory and others. Overall the market will remain rather small according to this report. While graphene may revolutionaize a lot of industries and enable new products, the forecast is not promising for graphene producers and suppliers.
American Graphite Technologies (AGT) announced that CTI Nanotechnologies received independent test results for its hybrid bucky/graphene paper formulations and advanced coating technology, and these results confirmed that the materials are conductive, stable and processable on an industrial scale.
CTI produced several pre-production quality, highly conductive, flexible and mechanically stable self-supporting membrane samples (made form CNTs and GNPs), refined from mined graphite and other nano components. CTI's hybrid paper has a surface area of 116m2/g at 100um thickness, and the company says that it could potentially produce it in sizes up to 36" wide, at speeds up to 50-100 feet of membrane per minute.