Graphene Live! USA, the business-focused graphene conference and tradeshow

Graphene Live! USA 2014 logoFollowing is a sponsored message from IDTechEx:

IDTechEx is organizing its fifth business-focused conference and trade show on graphene and 2D materials in Santa Clara, CA on November 19 & 20. Graphene and 2D Materials LIVE! ( covers the latest technology developments, applications, commercialization progress and end user requirements for these and related materials such as carbon nanotubes.

IdTechEx are co-locating this event with a series of other relevant conferences on supercapacitors, printed electronics, 3D printing materials and wearable technologies. All these sectors are major end user groups for graphene suppliers, and visitors to Graphene Live! will have access to all these events.

This event has a strong speaker program:

Major end users

Lockheed Martin has already demonstrated the use of carbon nanotubes in the wingtip of its fighter jets. It is therefore an excellent technology developer and also end user for graphene. Its specific focus on graphene has so far been on its water purification potential but it also has interest in using it as an additive in a range of composite materials.

Cabot Corporation is the world leader in black carbon, which is an additive in many applications such as tires. Black carbon is an incumbent rival to graphene and also carbon nanotubes. In many cases the latter has struggled to displace black carbon despite years of effort. Cabot itself has now started its programme on graphene, positioning itself primary as at the intermediary levels. Cabot therefore will have excellent insights.

TE Connectivity is $14 billion USD company that has previously researched the use of carbon nanotube fibers as potential replacement for copper wires (either the shielding or the core). The main drive here is savings precious weight in aerospace applications. Graphene has also shown potential as an additive to copper, increasing its conductivity. TE Connectivity is best placed to offer insights here.

Nokia has been actively researching technologies, and previously it developed leading concepts around flexible and modular mobile phones. Graphene can act as a flexible transparent conducting film, therefore potentially helping the realization of flexible displays. Nokia therefore has strong overall expertise here.

NASA is known as a technology leader. Graphene can find many applications in the aerospace sector - it can act as additive bringing conductivity to a range of high-performance and light-weight plastics to make them electrostatically dissipative. Graphene can also be used in wires to potentially increase conductivity. NASA is based to report on these applications.

PPG Industries is primarily focus on glass production. Graphene has many properties that might deliver value in this sector. For instance, it can be a protective coating thanks to its high impermeability. PPG Industries also have previous extensive experience with other nanoparticles. They are now leveraging that experience to develop graphene.


Maxwell Technologies is a leader in supplying supercapacitors. Graphene is also a potential candidate for replacing activated carbon as the electrode material in supercapacitors therefore this is a promising target market for graphene. Maxwell is therefore an ideal end user.

In the co-located conferences, IdTechEx will have also invited many other companies active in the supercapacitors industry such as Elbit Systems, Bosch, Jaguar, Visedo, etc. In addition, IdTechEx are bringing research organisations and graphene companies that specifically target this market. London Graphene Ltd, Graphenea, UCLA, AZ Electronic Materials/Cornell University, and Stevens Institute of Technology are the prime examples.

Commercial Applications and Manufacturing Progress

Several graphene companies were selected to discuss progress on end applications. A major challenge with graphene has been the lack of a killer application. DirectaPlus will highlight their progress including the launch of a graphene-enabled bicycle with their partners, Victoria. Graphene Technologies and Xolve will be giving suppliers’ prospective on key commercial applications.

Manufacturing is also a major challenge. Here, IdTechEx invited Thomas Swan to present their liquid phase exfoliation technique, Abalonyx to give us an update on the latest technology trends for producing graphene oxide, and Group NanoXplore will also reveal details about their processes.

Carbon Nanotubes

This year IdTechEx decided to also bring in speakers from the world of carbon nanotubes. Graphene and carbon nanotubes share many properties and therefore many target markets. The commercialization trajectory for graphene, at least in its platelet form, is following in the footsteps of carbon nanotubes. Therefore, there is competition but also lessons to be learned.

To this end, IdTechEx invited Oscial (and Zyvex) to present - Oscial has a promising single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) technology that can substantially reduce wt% loadings in end applications. Raymor Industries were also invited - the company can produce high-quality SWCNTs using their plasma technique. SWeNT will also present on the potential of SWCNTs in the printed electronics world.


The Graphene and 2D Materials tradeshow runs alongside the Printed Electronics tradeshow featuring more than 200 exhibiting companies. This is the largest tradeshow in the world for these emerging technologies. The tradeshow will cover equipment providers, material providers, manufacturers and integrators. Confirmed graphene exhibitors include: Abolonyx AS, Applied Graphene Materials, CVD Equipment, Evans Analytical Group, Graphene Technologies Inc., Graphenea and JP World Corporation and many more. Visit for a complete list of exhibitors at the co-located tradeshow.

Posted: Sep 05,2014 by Ron Mertens