National Graphene Association

Mission Statement

The National Graphene Association is the main organization and body in the U.S. advocating and promoting the commercialization of graphene. NGA is focused on addressing critical issues such as policy and standards development that will result in effective integration of graphene and graphene based materials globally. NGA brings together current and future graphene stakeholders — entrepreneurs, companies, researchers, developers and suppliers, investors, venture capitalists and government agencies — to drive innovation, and to promote and facilitate the commercialization of graphene products and technologies.

About NGA:

Since its discovery in 2004, graphene, the 2D form of carbon, has shown enormous versatility and potential to fuel technological advancement in many industry segments. Among these are energy storage, electronics, smart textiles, sensors, medical devices, bio interfaces, water purification, structural materials, composites and many more. Graphene will eventually find its way into almost every field and will affect many facets of human life. There is significant growth potential in industries that have yet to consider the use of graphene and to which graphene could bring transformative, unique solutions and add significant value.

By convening the current and future stakeholders in the graphene market — graphene entrepreneurs, companies, suppliers, developers, investors, venture capitalists and government agencies, NGA aims not only to accelerate the commercialization of graphene, but to also create cross-industry momentum and help identify untapped industry and market segments prime for graphene integration

The National Graphene Association offers a wide range of networking and information initiatives, including Graphene Roundtable™ events, conferences, expos and workshops designed to facilitate the engagement between the diverse stakeholders in the graphene field and promote cross-disciplinary dialogue, collaboration and partnerships.

An important strategic element of NGA’s infrastructure is the digital news and information platform GrapheneEntrepeneur.com, which delivers the latest news about the companies, people, products, research, and other developments in world of graphene.

NGA has assembled an experienced team to implement its mission. Our team’s expertise includes not only scientific and practical knowledge of the graphene industry and the supply chain but also extensive experience in the large scale international event and exhibition space, news, digital media, advertising and marketing.

We invite you to join the National Graphene Association (NGA) and be a driving force behind the commercialization of graphene. Visit our membership page for more.


Zina Jarrahi Cinker, Ph.D.
Executive Director


NGA Team


Dr. Zina Jarrahi Cinker
Executive Director

About Dr. Cinker

Dr. Zina Jarrahi Cinker is a graphene scientist and technology developer. As a consultant and entrepreneur in the field of graphene, she has multi-faceted experience and a deep understanding of the graphene market, the supply chain and the challenges involved in the commercialization process. As the Executive Director of the National Graphene Association, Zina oversees the direction, focus and operation of the organization. She received her Ph.D. and post-doctoral experience in the field of graphene optoelectronics and ultrafast spectroscopy and maintains a position as a visiting scientist at the department of physics and astronomy at Vanderbilt University. She previously served as the CTO and founder of G.Element, a consulting and application development company in the graphene composite sector.EMAIL


Dr. Ed Meek
Founder & President

About Dr. Meek

Dr. Ed Meek is the Founder and President of National Graphene Association and NGA’s graphene news website GrapheneEntrepreneur.com. He is former CEO of Oxford Publishing, a national publishing and trade show group and a former Assistant Vice Chancellor for Public Relations and Marketing at the University of Mississippi. GrapheneEntrepreneur.com and the National Graphene Association are part of Dr. Meek’s vision to be a driving force to facilitate graphene commercialization in the U.S. He is the founder of the Tupelo Furniture Market, one of the largest exhibition centers in America, a Fellow of the American Council on Education and was awarded the Mississippi Governor’s Distinguished Citizen Award. He is the author or co-author of several books. He and his wife, Becky, funded the creation of the Meek School of Journalism & New Media at the University of Mississippi, and profits from all ventures go to the school. EMAIL