OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI — March 28, 2018
The National Graphene Association (NGA) continues its momentum in moving US graphene leadership forward.
Last week, the Executive Director of NGA, Dr. Zina Jarrahi Cinker, traveled back to Washington, D.C. to lead high-level discussions on standards for the industry. The standardization meeting occurred on March 20th at the US Department of Agriculture and brought together graphene stakeholders, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), graphene industry representatives, EPA, FDA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), along with other interested participants. The conversation focused on commercialization of the carbon-based material “graphene” which will have a considerable impact on the future of technology.
NGA made clear that proper standards and the right public policies are critical for the commercialization and the long-term growth of the industry. NGA’s corporate partners, AzTrong, Celtig, and Grolltex, participated on an NGA-led panel to discuss their company products, as well as the need for a greater focus on commercialization and policy makers in Washington, D.C. The featured image of the panel is of Lu Liu (COO of Celtig) on left and Jeff Draa (CEO of Grolltex) on right.
“The discussions delved into the importance of differentiating between graphene powder and film segments and the broadly different characterization and technical specification needs for each segment,” Dr. Jarrahi Cinker said.
On Capitol Hill, Dr. Jarrahi Cinker and NGA’s government relations partner, the J.A. Hill Group, met with Members of Congress who are eager to support graphene commercialization and see new cutting edge graphene-based products enter the market. Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), who sits on the powerful House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, expressed interest in graphene- based sensors, ballistic protection, and graphene’s use in water filtration systems. Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA), who chairs the House of Representatives Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee of the Small Business Committee was excited to discuss graphene’s use in composites and battery storage, as well as support for increased funding for small business research grants.
Finally, NGA met with representatives from the National Science Foundation to discuss funding opportunities in nanomanufacturing and the Secure America’s Future Energy (SAFE) group to discuss graphene’s unique role in mobile battery storage.
NGA’s investment, commitment, and dedication to the commercialization and growth of the graphene industry is yielding great results. More exciting things to come….maybe a graphene demo day in Washington, DC with NGA members?
The National Graphene Association is the main organization and body in the US advocating and promoting the commercialization of graphene and addressing critical issues such as standards and policy development. NGA is a member of The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which serves as the US TAG (Technical Advisory Group) to ISO-TC 229.
To learn more about NGA and to join, go to NationalGrapheneAssociation.com.
To reach Dr. Zina Jarrahi Cinker, Executive Director, email HERE.