Some of our stops during the DC advocacy trip two weeks ago.
In my conversations with Congressman McKinley, I was surprised to hear that only a few people in congress know about graphene. This lack of understanding and exposure might be the contributing factor to US’s lack of support towards graphene ventures. McKinley’s background in civil engineering and construction is perhaps the reason that he sees the great potential of graphene. NGA will actively work with McKinley’s office to direct support towards the US graphene community, raise the profile and push for more focus on graphene in congress. Congresswoman Stefanik’s office was aware of the concerns regarding fast advances of China in graphene technology and the urgency for the US to act before it is too late to compete on the global scale.
The meeting with the subcommittee on energy and commerce was a different story, everyone was excited about graphene. Our focus here was to direct more funding towards commercialization efforts rather than just fundamental research for graphene. This was a fun meeting! We discussed quantum tunneling, CMOS miniaturization and broadband absorption….my geeky physicist side was happy. Our next stop was Senator Wicker’s office. NGA is supporting legislation being developed by Sen Wicker to authorize the creation of a graphene center. It was great to see Robert Murray who is working on the bill. He was present at the Graphene Innovation Summit in Nashville and stated the summit provided them with the information to push for this bill.
This trip was eye opening to me. It simply highlights the importance of advocacy among the policy makers. Before NGA, little work was done in this regard which has set us back considerably compared to the rest of the world. To be able to effectively advocate for graphene, we will need the support of the industry and graphene community. Drop me a line if you want to get involved.
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During my trip last week, my first flight was delayed 6 hours ( had to get on and off the plane 3 times) and my second flight was first delayed 10 hours and then canceled.
The problem with the first flight was the ice fog in DC and reduced visibility and the problem with the second was a rusty fuel valve!
As I am sitting at the airport trying to reschedule my meetings, I am thinking…. now graphene could have helped with both those problems! and I wouldn’t have been stranded at the airport for 16 hours!
Next gen Graphene- based detectors and sensors can be highly sensitive to UV, visible and infrared light simultaneously. This provides an all in one detection system that would enable you to fly and land a plane in fog.
Pristine graphene is impermeable to even Helium. Graphene additives can create quite effective anti corrosive coatings and paints that can dramatically decrease the maintenance needs and improve the life cycle of certain components on a plane or a ship
When most people think about graphene in the context of aviation industry, they think of a structural material as touted by Richard Branson. But there is “a whole lot” more that graphene can bring to the table.
I would like to note that the sensor is based on ” Graphene Oxide” not graphene. Let’s use the terminology correctly…Graphene and GO are two different beasts. “The presence of water vapor changes the conductivity of graphene oxide, and that can be quantified to accurately measure transpiration (the release of water vapor) from a leaf.” The fabrication and transfer process to the plant is done using “tape”, which most likely means it can be fabricated in a cost effective way. The question is: are “tape” based methods “scalable”?
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University plant scientist Patrick Schnable quickly described how he measured the time it takes for two kinds of corn plants to move water from their roots, to their lower leaves and then to their upper leaves.
This was no technical, precise, poster talk. This was a researcher interested in working with new, low-cost, easily produced, graphene-based, sensors-on-tape that can be attached to plants and can provide new kinds of data to researchers and farmers.
“With a tool like this, we can begin to breed plants that are more efficient in using water,” he said. “That’s exciting. We couldn’t do this before. But, once we can measure something, we can begin to understand it.”
The tool making these water measurements possible is a tiny graphene sensor that can be taped to plants – researchers have dubbed it a “plant tattoo sensor.” Graphene is a wonder material. It’s a carbon honeycomb just an atom thick, it’s great at conducting electricity and heat, and it’s strong and stable. The graphene-on-tape technology in this study has also been used to produce wearable strain and pressure sensors, including sensors built into a “smart glove” that measures hand movements.
Light weight… obviously, thermo-regulating…quite possibly…but self sterilizing? …Now that’s new. Pristine graphene is quite inert so bacteria might have a hard time living on the surface but that wouldn’t be considered “self sterilizing” in my opinion. Anyone knows if there’s more to it?
CHINESE PRODUCERS DEVELOP LIGHTWEIGHT, SELF-STERILIZING GRAPHENE-ENHANCED SHOES
Chinese footwear producers are reportedly focusing on graphene-enhanced shoes that are lightweight, self-sterilizing and deodorizing. In Jinjiang City, Fujian, China’s largest production center for sports shoes, footware makers are adding graphene powder to soles, according to Xu Zhi of the Graphene Industry and Technology Research Institute in Jinjiang.
“Mass production is under way,” claimed Xu, adding the weight of each shoe will soon be cut to no more than 100 grams.
Jinjiang has more than 3,000 footware companies, producing 40% of the country’s sports shoes and 20% of the world’s! That’s a lot of shoes.
NGA is the main organization and body in the U.S. advocating and promoting the commercialization of graphene and addressing critical issues such as policy and standards development that will result in effective integration of graphene and graphene based materials globally