PolyGraph project logoThe EU launched a new project called PolyGraph that aims to develop new production techniques to deliver industrial scale quantities of graphene-reinforced thermosetting polymers.

It has been shown that adding even small quantities of graphene can simultaneously provide significant improvements in strength, toughness and electrical and thermal conductivity to a number of polymers. But there's still no scalable production method that can be used to make graphene-reinforced polymers.

The project partners will develop two different route, both starting from graphite. The first method will use new chemical and mechano-chemical methods to exfoliate the expanded graphite and produce graphene which will then be dispersed into low-viscosity thermosetting polymer resins in a uniform, consistent and scalable basis. The second method will try to achieve the same result in a single operation - exfoliating the graphene directly in the low-viscosity thermosetting polymer resins.

The PolyGraph project was actually launched in November 2013, but this is the first time I hear of this project. It is being led by UK's NetComposites (they are also involved with the UK's NanoSynth project and the EU's NanoMaster project). PolyGraph is a four-year project that has 13 partners.

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