AGM's customer Infinity Wax launches second graphene-enhanced product

Applied Graphene Materials has announced that its customer, Infinity Wax, a major manufacturer of car care products in Europe, has launched a second car care product enhanced with the Company's graphene technology. Using AGM's Genable graphene nanoplatelet dispersions, Infinity Wax has launched Graphene Wax, a new generation of high performance car wax.

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A few months ago, in September 2020, the same companies joined to launch a graphene-enhanced car polish. Now, Infinity Wax reported that it launched the new Graphene Wax following the success of its graphene-enhanced car polish. The new product offers outstanding water beading and sheeting properties as a result of increased hydrophobicity, resulting in long term paint protection. Graphene Wax makes it easy to wipe away dirt, enabling car owners to achieve a professional wax shine.

The European Commission announces a €20 million investment in a new plant for graphene electronics

The European Commission (EC) has announced a €20 million investment in the next generation of electronics and semiconductors. The 2D Experimental Pilot Line (2D-EPL) was officially launched as the first graphene foundry to integrate graphene and layered materials into semiconductor platforms. The new project aims to keep Europe at the forefront of this technological revolution.

Born within the EU-funded project, the Graphene Flagship, the 2D-EPL will cover the entire value chain, from tool producers and chemical and material providers to manufacturing lines. This collaborative project will integrate several Graphene Flagship members to pioneer the fabrication of new prototype electronics, photonic devices and sensors integrating graphene and layered materials.

Directa Plus secures €100,000 EU grant for face masks

Directa Plus has received a grant for its face masks as part of the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

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The Company said that the grant has a total value of €100,000, on a non-refundable basis, and covers a project which is expected to be concluded within the next 8 months. As part of the Inno4Cov-19 Project, the grant will be used to assist Directa's research into using graphene technology to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

High-performance graphene-based biosensors to help detect blood disorders

Scientists in Germany and Korea took Aptamer-based electrochemical biosensors, known for their high sensitivity and low detection limit, to the next level in their new “label-free” design based on laser-induced graphene, thus paving the way for their easy application in point-of-care diagnostics.

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Thrombin is an enzyme that plays a vital role in wound healing by helping retain blood within the damaged blood vessel—a process known as hemostasis. What is more interesting to biologists, however, is that thrombin is found in increased concentrations under abnormal conditions, and thus can be used to diagnose and monitor blood disorders and malignancies. Thus, it is crucial to detect even minute concentrations of thrombin in the blood. The team of researchers has now devised a novel biosensor for accurately detecting minute amounts of thrombin in the blood, that holds a potential to revolutionize the field of blood disorder diagnostics.

GAC Group announces that its Aion V, sporting a graphene battery, will start production in September 2021

GAC Group recently announced "a major achievement in battery technology". GAC stated that it achieved breakthrough progress with its graphene-based super-fast-charging battery and has now entered the phase of actual vehicle testing. Aion V, the first vehicle to be equipped with the battery, is undergoing winter testing and is initially scheduled for mass production in September this year.

In May 2020, GAC announced its plan to mass produce graphene-enhanced battery for EVs by the end of 2020, and in September 2020, GAC announced setting up a unit that specializes in graphene that has begun research and development of fast-charging technology for electric vehicles. In November 2020, GAC stated that it expects to test its battery in production vehicles by the end of 2020, however - whether it can eventually be put into mass production will have to await the results of real-vehicle testing. It appears that now, GAC has decided to go forward with its graphene batteries, launching the Aion V in les than a year (if all will go according to its plans).

Researchers create tunable superconductivity in magic-angle twisted trilayer graphene

When two sheets of graphene are stacked atop each other at just the right angle, the layered structure morphs into an unconventional superconductor, allowing electric currents to pass through without resistance or wasted energy. This “magic-angle” transformation in bilayer graphene was observed for the first time in 2018 in the group of Pablo Jarillo-Herrero at MIT. Since then, scientists have searched for other materials that can be similarly twisted into superconductivity, but for the most part, no other twisted material has exhibited superconductivity other than the original twisted bilayer graphene.

Stacking order imageIllustrations of A-tw-A stacking (a) and A-tw-B stacking (b). Image from Nature

In a recent paper, Jarillo-Herrero and his group reported observing superconductivity in a sandwich of three graphene sheets, the middle layer of which is twisted at a new angle with respect to the outer layers. This new trilayer configuration reportedly exhibits superconductivity that is more robust than its bilayer counterpart.

2D fab, Linköping University, Ahlstrom Munksjö and RISE to develop graphene-paper for electrocatalytic production of hydrogen peroxide

Sweden-based 2D Fab has announced that it is partnering up with Linköping University, Ahlstrom Munksjö and RISE to develop graphene-paper for electrocatalytic production of hydrogen peroxide.

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Hydrogen peroxide, H2O2, is a chemical compound between hydrogen and oxygen. It is used in various products, from hair dyes and teeth whiteners to pulp- and paper-bleaching. H2O2 is also known as a sustainable material that may hold the key to efficient and inexpensive energy technology of the future.

G6 Materials reports its financial results for Q3 2020

G6 Materials (Formerly called Graphene 3D Lab) has announced its financial results for the second quarter of the fiscal year ending November 30, 2020. Revenues for the quarter were just over $500k, up from $150k from last year. Net loss amounted to $321k (down from $343k from last year).

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G6M says that the sharp increase (383%) in revenues in the company's latest reported six months was primarily due to strong customer demand for the Company’s air purification products and a one-time payment as per the terms of a license and option agreement.