First Graphene (FGR) has reported on the initiation of a research program to test the introduction of its PureGRAPH graphene powder into natural rubber products.
The company has previously reported great success in introducing PureGRAPH into a range of polymers and other materials. These include polyurethane, thermoplastics, and glass composites. Now, First Graphene has set its sights on improving the performance of a range of natural rubber product lines.
First Graphene will incorporate PureGRAPH into the rubber, hopefully resulting in a number of improvements in mechanical properties. These include improvements in strength, tear resistance, and abrasion resistance.
To this end, First Graphene has contracted an experienced rubber consultant to oversee the development project. The company is also working with an established Malaysian rubber processor.
A Malaysian process factory has already provided compounded rubber base materials to First Graphene. As such, the company has commenced initial compounding in Perth.
First Graphene expects that its research will take between six to twelve months.