Graphene Platform, CGP and Nissha Printing to co-develop devices based on CGP's graphene ink

Graphene Platform logoGraphene platform, Cambridge Graphene Platform (CGP) and Nissha Printing will co-develop new electronic devices based on CGP s graphene ink technology. This alliance is expected to last three years.

Nissha will contribute its own printing technology to help develop CGP's inks. The company hopes to apply those new inks in the field of printed electronics. CGP and Graphene Platform will develop the inks themselves (graphene inks and other nanomaterials too) and will provide advice and consulting to Nissha.

Grafen reports good first results from their liquid-phased exfoliation research

Turkey's Grafen reports first results from their graphene liquid-phased exfoliation research (conducted with help from Ukraine's National Academy of Sciences - BPCI). The new method uses direct liquid-phase exfoliation of graphite to create graphene sheets and it creates unique product crystallinity and lower environmental footprint.

Grafen reports that initial atomic force microscopy (AFM) data shows multilayered graphene sheets, 10-15 nm in thickness and about 0.5 um in diameter proving great potential of the process. Hopefully we'll hear more from Grafen about this new process and more results soon.

Researcher develop a simple and mature technology for graphene inkjet-printing

Researchers from Sweden demonstrated a simple and mature technology for inkjet printing of high quality few-layer graphene.

The researchers exfoliate graphene from graphite flakes in dimethylformamide (DMF), and then DMF is exchanged by terpineol through distillation (there is a large difference between DMF's and terpineol's boiling points). Terpineol is of much lower volume than DMF and so the graphene is significantly concentrated. Terpineol is also non-toxic and features high-viscosity.

The UK launches a collaborative R&D project which aims to develop graphene-filled epoxy resins

The UK Technology Strategy Board launched a new collaborative R&D project called NanoSynth with a budget of almost a million GBP ($1.5 million USD) - to develop a synthesis platform for the industry-scale production of graphene-filled epoxy resins for advanced composite applications.

According to the NetComposites, the project coordinator, those graphene epoxy resins will improve current resins and will feature better strength, stiffness, toughness, electrical conductivity and thermal performance. The new resins may prove to have a significant impact on a wide range of markets, including the aerospace and automotive ones. The worldwide yearly market of epoxy resins is estimated at over $15 billion.

Hemp fiber used to develop low-cost graphene-like nanomaterial

Researchers from the University of Alberta developed a new low-cost process to turn hemp bast fibers into graphene-like materials that can be used in energy storage electronics.

They use a part of the hemp plant called the bast, which is usually thrown away during industrial hemp production - it's a waste product. It is a nanocomposite made up of layers of lignin, hemicellulose, and crystalline cellulose. If you process it the right way, it separates into sheets similar to graphene.