Zenyatta Ventures has announced significant results from the cement-based composite test work that was recently conducted by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (“BGU”) in Israel. BGU tested the performance of Zenyatta graphene oxide in a new cement/concrete admixture and the results demonstrated a remarkable reinforcing effect, with a compressive strength enhancement of 34% and a flexural strength enhancement of 62% over normal cement paste.
Dr. Oren Regev, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at BGU, stated “These enhancements are among the highest reported in the literature for nanocarbon-loaded matrices (Carbon nanotubes, graphene nanoplatelets and other GO available in the market), suggesting that Zenyatta GO is extremely attractive for cement nano-reinforcement.”
Zenyatta previously announced that BGU demonstrated that the addition of the Company’s graphene into concrete achieved a faster curing time and a superior mechanical performance that inhibits premature failure and tolerates large forces like those produced during earthquakes or explosions. The Company will target the reduction of very expensive additives that are currently used to produce high performance concrete. These additives include fibers, fly ash and silica fume.
Also, this new graphene-enhanced admixture has the potential to reduce the amount of cement that will be used in concrete for construction, thereby considerably cutting carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions related to its production.