Advanced materials company, First Graphene Limited (“FGR” or “the Company”) (ASX: FGR) is pleased to announce the release of its PureGRAPHTM graphene products along with supporting Product Information Sheets.
Since it was first isolated by the University of Manchester in 2004, graphene has been acknowledged as one of the most promising of all nanomaterials available for industry. There are many challenges associated with the development of new material products, taking into account scientific, engineering and regulatory requirements. One of the greatest challenges experienced to date has been the ability for graphene manufacturers to supply products of a consistent and verifiable quality at scale, in repeated production runs. First Graphene announces a range of high quality graphene products with a fully locked down specification from our 100 tonne year manufacturing facility.
Lack of high integrity information which can be relied upon by potential customers is an ongoing problem across the graphene industry. Recognising this, FGR has expended considerable effort to develop what we believe to be one of the most useful graphene product information sheets released by any company.
Over the last five months FGR’s management has worked with various universities and on its own production processes to ensure it could consistently produce a suitable range of products. After exhaustive product tests and discussions with current and potential users it has developed the PureGRAPHTM range. The initial product includes PureGRAPHTM graphene products with lateral sizes of 20μm, 10μm and 5μm. Further size options will be added later. Due to its unique process it is able to produce graphene with larger lateral sheet sizes if a customer should have a particular application. To the best of our knowledge no other graphene manufacturer can produce large sheet sizes in bulk.
The product range has been developed to address specific market requirements.
With a lateral size of 20μm this product is ideal where fire retardancy barrier, thermal conductivity and reinforcing properties are required. Applications include fire retardant paints, concretes and geotextiles.
With a lateral size of 10μm this product is readily dispersed into polymer resins and rubbers providing excellent reinforcing properties. Applications include reinforcing of rubbers and carbon fibre and glass fibre filled composites
With a lateral size of 5μm this product is particularly useful for formulations in low viscosity systems such as inks where solution stability and final film appearance is important. Applications include electrically conductive inks and coatings.
Due to the method of manufacture and the tightly controlled particle size distribution, of the products agglomeration of the powders is low, making the products readily dispersible in a range of solvent and polymer resin systems. Evaluation of these products is well underway with our university partners and with our commercial partners. Orders for several kilogram development quantities from commercial customers are already being supplied.
Managing Director, Craig McGuckin said
“The launch of our PureGRAPHTM high quality graphene products along with a detailed product information sheet is a significant step forward in the commercialisation of graphene. Our customers can now be confident of the quality of the graphene products they are purchasing and assured that their product development has a reliable raw material supply to build from. Our competitive research has revealed that no other manufacturers have been prepared to present the detail of product information shown by FGR.”
Source: First Graphene
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