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Breakthrough in Graphene-Reinforced Composites

New Research Reports Significant Strength Improvements in the Nanoreinforcement of Resin. South Wales, UK 4th June 2014 – Haydale, the developer of a unique plasma functionalisation process for nanomaterials, has announced the publication of research showing its functionalised graphene nanoplatelets (GNP) significantly improve the nanoreinforcement of resin. The research, conducted...
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Graphene and CNT hybrid supercapacitor

Researchers in China, Singapore and the USA have collaborated to develop a hybrid fibre of micro scale graphene and carbon nanotubes that can form a flexible supercapacitor when melded to a polymer substrate with a polymer gel electolyte. The supercapacitor can run low power devices and LED's  delivering power comparable to a Li-ion thin film battery. Not only could it be woven...
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The drive to realize the graphene opportunity

Materials scientists keen to see their research taken further, and businesses looking to see where graphene can benefit them, may be asking themselves a big question: where to start. The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is a good first point of contact for understanding how you can help or find help. The Graphene Special Interest Group (SIG), run by the KTN, has been set up to connect...
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Sprayable graphene

     One of the biggest issues with graphene is how to get a good even surface with no flaws. In the current methods of production the flakes of the one atom thick carbon sheets can have flaws in them and, coupled with the difficulty of actually depositeing the flakes onto a substrate, it would be useful to find a method of application that could address these issues. It...
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Graphene and large scale energy storage

Graphene has significant potential in the energy sector across a range of applications. Energy storage is an important challenge at both Grid and Localized scale with graphene the potential solution for low loss high capacity energy storage systems. It is equally important for ultra fast charging of EVs and potential for using EV batteries in-situ for grid support. An efficient solution...
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Graphene Think Piece now available

In July 2013, the Technology Strategy Board initiated preparation of this document to inform a view on where and how the UK might best gain economic value from graphene related activities. The document is based on a review of the outcome from recent workshops combined with examination of the public information space and a few additional consultations. The Graphene Think Piece includes: ...
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NPL measurement supports UK graphene company

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) recently carried out a range of measurements for Haydale Graphene Industries plc. (Haydale), a UK company specialising in the functionalisation of graphene and other nanoparticles that floated on the London Stock Exchange on Monday 14 April 2014. Graphene is a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms that has extraordinary mechanical, electrical and...
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Beyond graphene: controlling properties of 2D materials

Researchers at The University of Manchester have shown how they can control the properties of stacks of two-dimensional materials, opening up opportunities for new, previously-unimagined electronic devices. The isolation of graphene at the University in 2004 led to the discovery of many other 2D crystals. While graphene has an unrivalled set of superlatives, these crystals cover a...
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Graphene Futures: Caveat Emptor

To the Graphene cognoscenti , the idea of buying futures in a material more than just a single entity may seem at best unwise and worst downright foolhardy. However in spite of warnings from agencies on both sides of the Atlantic, the hype appears to be attracting some of the "less well informed" traders and (presumably) clients (see here ). Many of the deals on offer assume that there...
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AMBER at Trinity in World First Graphene Innovation

Researchers in AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science centre headquartered at Trinity College Dublin have, for the first time, developed a new method of producing industrial quantities of high quality graphene. Described as a wonder material, graphene is a single-atom thick sheet of carbon. It is extremely light and stronger than steel, yet incredibly flexible and...
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Acquisition of 2-DTech Limited Placing of new Ordinary Shares to raise £5.5 million

Versarien plc (AIM: VRS), the advanced engineering materials group, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 85 per cent. of the issued share capital of 2-DTech from The University of Manchester.  2-DTech specialises in the supply, characterisation and early stage development of graphene products.  The total consideration for the Acquisition is...
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CAMBRIDGE , 18 MARCH 2014, REALISING THE GRAPHENE REVOLUTION - CONSORTIUM BUILDING WORKSHOP

Workshop held on 18 March - Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge You can download the outputs and presentations from the workshop. For further information, please contact either mike.holmes@materialschemistry.org or nabil.zahlan@ciktn.co.uk Click here to download presentations and outputs
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MANCHESTER, 12 MARCH 2014, REALISING THE GRAPHENE REVOLUTION - CONSORTIUM BUILDING WORKSHOP

Workshop held on 12 March 2014 - Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester.   You can now download the outputs and presentations from the workshop. For furrther information, please contact mike.holmes@materialschemistry.org or nabil.zahlan@ciktn.co.uk Click here to download presentations and outputs
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CPI to establish Graphene Applications Innovation Centre

Yesterday’s budget announcement has named The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) as the home of a new £14 million Graphene Applications Innovation Centre. The new centre will build on existing capabilities and will open later this year to provide facilities and expertise to help companies to develop, prove, prototype and scale up graphene based products and processes. In his speech,...
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NanoKTN Graphene Workshop Reports and Recommendations

At the end of 2013, the NanoKTN held two graphene workshops: Building the Supply Chain for Graphene for Electrical and Electronic Applications, hosted by the IOP in London, and a Graphene and Nanofillers for Composites Workshop hosted by the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol. The aim of both workshops was to consult with industry on the development of graphene, the potential...
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Important changes to the knowledge transfer networks that support the innovation community

Dear Graphene SIG member,   This note is to bring you up to date about important changes to the knowledge transfer networks that support the innovation community represented on _connect.  From 1 April a new company, KTN Ltd, will exist that brings together all the separate networks and communities that we currently serve into one integrated organisation....
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NCC Bristol - Graphene Consortium Building Workshop 6th March 2014

You can now download the outputs and  available presentations from the graphene workshop held on 6th March 2014 at the National Composites Centre, Bristol. Click here to download  
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SEDGEFIELD,27 FEBRUARY 2014, REALISING THE GRAPHENE REVOLUTION – CONSORTIUM BUILDING WORKSHOP

Workshop held on 27 February 2014 - CPI National Centre for Printable Electronics, Sedgefield You can now download the outputs and presentations from the workshop.  For further information, please contact either mike.holmes@materialschemistry.org or nabil.zahlan@ciktn.co.uk   Click here to download presentations and outputs  
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New Business Director for the National Graphene Institute

The University of Manchester has appointed a new Business Director for the National Graphene Institute (NGI). James joins the University from BAE SystemsJames Baker will be responsible for attracting commercial organisations to work with University scientists on future graphene applications. James has joined the University from BAE Systems where most recently he was Vice-President...
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Graphene Webinar - Slide Presentation

The slide presentation from the Graphene Consortium Building Webinar held on 13th February is now available. Please click here for the presentation
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Consortium Building Workshops

To help develop consortia, the Graphene SIG is organising four Consortium Building Workshops across the UK. These events will be structured to provide an opportunity for those interested in participating in the competition to meet others who might complement their own skills and make excellent consortium members. The four consortium building workshops will follow a similar format...
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Applied Graphene Materials to Expand in the North East

Following the successful flotation on AIM which raised £11m, Applied Graphene Materials are expanding their operations in the North East, creating new jobs. Based at Wilton, the company aims to scale up production to meet the predicted demand for graphene of 400 tonnes by 2017. For the full article click here .  
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