January 2024

Development of graphene-based sensor tattoos for sweat analysis gets funding boost

University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers have received an award to develop a graphene-based sweat monitor tattoos that can be applied to the skin just like a temporary tattoo and assess the molecules present, such as cortisol. The tattoos will aim to give users better insight into their health and serve as a tool for researchers to discover new early indications of diseases.

“There are a lot of vital biomolecules that are present in sweat that we need to measure to really understand overall human performance and correlation to different diseases,” says research lead and assistant professor of biomedical engineering, Dmitry Kireev.

Read the full story Posted: Jan 31,2024

Nanoxplore expands capacity in Quebec plant to accommodate higher customer volumes

NanoXplore has announced that it has increased the production capacity of its St-Clotilde, Quebec plant to meet an existing customer’s need for increased graphene-enhanced SMC parts in an active program.

This capacity expansion, which is part of its 5-year strategic plan and related to the SMC lightweighting initiative, begins immediately. This expansion, in two phases, will contribute $2 Million in incremental revenues during calendar 2024 and once fully scaled-up, is expected to contribute $8 Million to $10 Million annually beginning in 2025. 

Read the full story Posted: Jan 30,2024

G6 Materials reports its financial results for Q4 2023

G6 Materials Corporation has announced its financial results for the latest quarter, that ended on December 31, 2023. Revenues for the quarter were $298,022 down from $490,526 last year, while net loss was $436,954, a significant improvement to the net loss of $911,886 reported for the same three-month period last year, as the Company continued with reduced expenditures to preserve cash.

The company is now focused on improving its working capital position by increasing sales of its new epoxy product line and its Breathe+ Pro Advanced Antimicrobial Graphene Air Filtration System. G6 is also focused on evolving its strategic partnership with Singapore-based MADE Advanced Materials.

Read the full story Posted: Jan 30,2024

Researchers develop self-assembling graphene sensors for modular wearable electronics

Researchers at Peking University, University of Science and Technology Beijing and Peking University Third Hospital have reported magnetically self-assembling graphene sensors. 

While wearable sensors can provide continuous, personalized health tracking beyond clinical visits, most devices today still have fixed designs targeting single applications, lacking versatility to address users' changing needs. The team's recent work could address this issue and enable modular, reconfigurable wearable electronics customized to individuals. 

Read the full story Posted: Jan 29,2024

Researchers show potential for coal-based graphene to replace sand in concrete

Rice University researchers have found that graphene derived from metallurgical coke, a coal-based product, could serve not only as a reinforcing additive in cement but also as a replacement for sand in concrete.

"This could have a major impact on one of the biggest industries in the world," said James Tour, Rice's T. T. and W. F. Chao Professor and a professor of chemistry, materials science and nanoengineering. "We compared concrete made using the graphene aggregate substitute with concrete made using suitable sand aggregates, and we found our concrete is 25% lighter but just as tough."

Read the full story Posted: Jan 27,2024

Researchers use graphene electrodes to design neural implant capable of reading brain activity

University of California San Diego researchers have developed a neural implant capable of reading brain activity that could advance research into creating a brain-computer interface (BCI) without being overly invasive.

The new implant consists of a thin transparent strip made of a polymer with several graphene electrodes 20 micrometers in diameter, each of which is connected to a circuit board via tiny wires. The strip sits on the surface of the brain allowing it to detect neural activity consisting of electrical activity and calcium activity. Unlike previous methods, the chip allows scientists to conduct longer experiments without the need to have a subject fixed in place under a microscope.

Read the full story Posted: Jan 25,2024

Researchers design graphene biosensor that uses sound waves for chemical fingerprinting of ultrathin biolayers

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid researchers have reported the development of an electrically tunable graphene-based biosensor that leverages sound waves to provide unprecedented infrared sensitivity and specificity at the single layer limit. By precisely matching the tunable graphene plasmon frequency to target molecular vibrations, even faint spectral fingerprints emerge clearly.

This acoustically activated approach enables precise in situ study of angstrom-scale films, unlocking new infrared applications across chemistry, biology and medicine.

Read the full story Posted: Jan 23,2024

Haydale selected for Innovate UK Scaleup Program

Haydale has announced that following a rigorous three stage screening process, it has been selected for Innovate UK's Scaleup Program.

The Scaleup Program is provided by Innovate UK EDGE, the innovation agency's national business growth and scaling service. The service, provided in the form of strategic support, advice and guidance is designed to empower ambitious innovation-focused SMEs in every sector and from seed to scaling stage, to grow and become successful through coaching and mentorship.

Read the full story Posted: Jan 22,2024