2-DTech is spearheading a project to improve anti-corrosive coatings through incorporation of graphene via a scalable and commercially-viable process. Copper has been in extensive use for this purpose, but its disadvantages are enough for 2-DTech to explore the production of high crystalline quality silicon-doped graphene as a replacement.
The introduction of silicon as a dopant aims to fortify the multi-layer graphene’s domain boundaries. This could result in an improvement in anti-corrosive silicon-graphene conductive films for application on to copper substrates via thermal chemical vapor deposition (TCVD). The combination would create an extremely thin coating while protecting against corrosion without disrupting the intra-domain crystalline structure.