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Graphene is the strongest, thinnest and most conductive material known to man. With such remarkable properties, it is no wonder that graphene enables exciting new applications in electronics, energy, medicine, aerospace and many more markets.

Recent graphene News

Honeycomb Battery Company and Nubia Brand International announce closing of business combination

Last year, Global Graphene Group (G3) announced plans for its subsidiary, Honeycomb Battery, to merge with a SPAC company (Nubia Brand International Corp.) in a deal worth $925 million. Earlier this month, it was announced that this business combination was completed.

Upon the completion of the business combination, the combined company was renamed Solidion Technology. Beginning on Monday, February 5, 2024, Solidion’s common stock was expected to begin trading on the NASDAQ Global Market under the new ticker symbol “STI.”

Read the full story Posted: Feb 22,2024

Researchers observe fractional quantum anomalous Hall effect in multilayer graphene

Researchers at MIT and Japan's National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) have observed an exotic electronic state in a material made of five layers of graphene, that could enable new forms of quantum computing. 

Generally speaking, the electron is the basic unit of electricity, as it carries a single negative charge. At least, that's the case in most materials in nature. But in very special states of matter, electrons can splinter into fractions of their whole. This phenomenon, known as “fractional charge,” is extremely rare, and if it can be corralled and controlled, the exotic electronic state could help to build resilient, fault-tolerant quantum computers. To date, this effect, known to physicists as the “fractional quantum Hall effect,” has been observed a handful of times, and mostly under very high, carefully maintained magnetic fields. Now, the scientists have also seen the effect in a material that did not require such powerful magnetic manipulation. They found that when five sheets of graphene are stacked like steps on a staircase, the resulting structure inherently provides just the right conditions for electrons to pass through as fractions of their total charge, with no need for any external magnetic field.

Read the full story Posted: Feb 22,2024

Research develop new non-toxic method for producing high-quality graphene oxide

Researchers at Sweden's Umeå University, Lund University and Denmark's Aarhus University have reported a new way to synthesize graphene oxide, which has significantly fewer defects compared to materials produced by the most common method. To date, graphene oxide of similarly good quality could only be synthesized by using a rather dangerous method involving extremely toxic fuming nitric acid.

Graphene oxide is often used to produce graphene by removing oxygen. However, if there are holes in graphene oxide, there will also be holes after it is converted to graphene. Therefore, the quality of the graphene oxide is very important. Umeå University's Alexandr Talyzin and his research group have now addressed the issue of how to safely make good graphene oxide. 

Read the full story Posted: Feb 21,2024

Researchers use graphene to develop a biosensor that accurately tests the freshness of meat

Researchers from the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, VNU University of Science, Hanoi University of Science and Technology and the Russian Academy of Sciences have developed a biosensor that uses graphene electrodes modified by zinc oxide nanoparticles to measure Hypoxanthine (HXA), a material that can be used as a marker for the freshness of meat. The team demonstrated the sensor’s efficacy on pork meat.

The freshness of animal meat in the food industry is an essential property determining its quality and safety. With advanced technology capable of preserving food for extended periods of time, meat can be shipped around the globe and so there is a vital need for effective testing of its condition. Despite the technological advances keeping meat fresh for as long as possible, certain aging processes are unavoidable. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is a molecule produced by breathing and responsible for providing energy to cells. When an animal stops breathing, ATP synthesis also stops, and the existing molecules decompose into acid, diminishing first flavor and then safety. Hypoxanthine (HXA) and xanthine are intermediate steps in this transition. Assessing their prevalence in meat indicates its freshness.

Read the full story Posted: Feb 21,2024

First-in-human testing of graphene's safety shows encouraging results

Researchers at the University of Manchester, University of Edinburgh, ICN2, RIVM and the University of the Highlands and Islands have tested the safety and health implications of graphene, revealing that it has the potential to be used without risk to human health.

The study has shown that the use of graphene without harm to the human body is possible, through the carefully controlled inhalation of graphene, shown to have no short-term adverse effects on cardiovascular function.

Read the full story Posted: Feb 16,2024

Graphene Innovations Manchester and Space Engine Systems to collaborate on graphene-enhanced hypersonic applications for space travel

UK-based Graphene Innovations Manchester (GIM) and Space Engine Systems (SES) from Canada have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in various areas of SES’s Hello series of Aerospace and Space vehicles, focusing on using graphene for hypersonic applications.

GIM is working on the development and commercialization of advanced graphene-based solutions for composites, particularly in Graphene Space Habitat,
and also Type V hydrogen storage tanks. GIM is the largest Tier 1 partner in the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) at the University of Manchester.

Read the full story Posted: Feb 15,2024