Graphenea is a private European company (based in Spain) focused on the production of high quality graphene for industrial applications. Graphenea produces both CVD graphene (using Aixtron’s Black Magic equipment) and Graphene Oxide materials.
The company offers graphene on several substrates and can also transfer the graphene to your own substrate in-house.
In 2020 Graphenea launched a dedicated Graphene Foundry. The company can take care of CVD graphene synthesis, transfer and device fabrication and deliver a fully tested graphene-based chip to the customer. This service reduces product development time and costs and Graphenea offers a reliable supply of graphene-based chips from prototyping to scale production.
In 2021, Graphenea updated us that its CVD graphene revenue in 2020 was 1.56 million Euro. The company expects to continue and grow at a CAGR of around 30% in the near future. Its current yearly production capacity is 8,760 200 mm wafers, but the company plans to increase that 25-fold in coming years.
Graphenea’s main CVD graphene applications are in Biosensors, Photosensors and Photonics.
The latest graphene news from Graphenea:
Graphenea will be taking part in a flagship project called CIRCULAR BIOCARBON, which was kicked off this week and has been awarded over €23 Million, to develop a first-of-its kind flagship biorefinery designed to turn the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) and sewage sludge (SS) into added-value products, from mechanical moving parts, to night vision cameras and devices for 5G telecommunications.
The project, which received full marks from the European Commission, involves 11 partners from five European countries (including Spain, Italy, Denmark, France and Germany) and is a milestone for the whole Europe owing to its implementation scale (industrial level) as well as to its replicability potential.
A collaborative team of Graphene Flagship partners from DTU, Denmark, IIT, Italy, Aalto University, Finland, AIXTRON, UK, imec, Belgium, Graphenea, Spain, Warsaw University, Poland, and Thales R&T, France, as well as collaborators in China, Korea and the US, has come together to develop and mature terahertz spectroscopy techniques, that can penetrate graphene films and enable the creation of detailed maps of their electrical quality, without damaging or contaminating the material. The result of this collaborating is a novel measurement tool for graphene characterization.
Graphene is often ‘sandwiched’ between many different layers and materials to be used in electronic and photonic devices, which complicates the process of quality assessment. Terahertz spectroscopy can help by imaging the encapsulated materials and revealing the quality of the graphene underneath, exposing imperfections at critical points in the fabrication process. It is a fast, non-destructive technology that probes the electrical properties of graphene and layered materials, with no need for direct contact.
Graphenea recently introduced a new service for the graphene industry, a custom graphene oxide (GO) dispersion service. This service provides researchers with an opportunity to receive GO in a solvent and at a concentration which is most compatible with their application.
According to Graphenea, its GO is noted for its mechanical and thermal properties, in addition to having a high monolayer content (>95%). This service not only offers researchers the option of receiving GO in water at a custom concentration, but also GO dispersed into: Acetone, DMF, DMSO, Ethanol, IPA, Methanol, NMP, Tetra butyl-acetate, or Toluene.
The International Graphene Awards (IGA) was initiated by the Chinese Graphene Industry Association (CGIA) in collaboration with 50 graphene experts from all over the world.
In 2020 the IGA committee offered 5 different awards: for best graphene products, best graphene firm, industry promotion, industry demonstration and honorary award for the most contribution people in graphene industry.
Graphenea recently announced that its graphene foundry service (GFAB), launched in 2019, will be getting an upgrade. Graphenea Foundry said that it will start a Multi-Project Wafer run service from January 2021, and it is currently speaking with customers interested in this first run.
Graphenea Foundry follows a pure-play foundry model, in which it manufactures graphene-based devices for its customers and third parties under request. Nevertheless, the factory also makes usable plug&play graphene devices from scratch, thus covering all aspects of device manufacturing. The staple product and the starting point for satisfying most customer needs is the GFET, the graphene field effect transistor. These readily-available devices are said to be ideal for early experiments and proof-of-concept measurements.