Thomas Swan announces an exclusive agreement to manufacture high quality graphene products by an exciting new process developed by researchers at Trinity College Dublin.
The new process uses high shear mixing techniques to produce high quality graphene nanoplatelets. Thomas Swan has launched two new graphene products based upon this process – Elicarb® Graphene Powder and Elicarb® Graphene Dispersion (AQ).
The new approach was discovered in a two year collaboration with Professor Jonathan Coleman at the AMBER materials science centre in Trinity College Dublin and published recently in the journal, Nature Materials. The publication has received much media attention as it highlights the simplicity of a high shear mixing route to graphene and gives examples of application of these materials in polymer reinforcement, conductive films, solar cells and strain sensors.
“This method gives lots of graphene with no defects. In the lab, we produced grams. However, when scaled up, tonnes will be produced.” commented Prof. Coleman and he added “This project shows how industry and academic collaboration can lead to research of the highest calibre, with real commercial applications.”
“This exfoliation process can deliver high quality graphene at industrial scales for the first time. Our focus is now on building a scaled process to provide a reliable, high quality supply of graphene to our customers.” said Andy Goodwin, Commercial Director Advanced Materials Division at Thomas Swan “and we expect to be producing at least a kilogram per day before year end. We welcome enquiries from new customers and technology developers.”
Full details of Elicarb® Graphene products are published on the Thomas Swan website and the company will continue to provide updates at conferences throughout the summer.