This technology presents a simple, cost effective process for producing high-quality graphene from low-cost graphite, which may be sold at more than 200 times the price on a per kg basis. Due to the current cost of production of graphene there has been few commercial applications that are proposed or under development. In addition to that, the quality of graphene varies greatly, especially when produced in large-scale.
The quality and repeatability of this manufacturing process has been fully characterized and the process is ready to be scaled up for large-scale production, with the potential to produce high quality graphene in tonnes. One of the key properties resulting from this process is that the graphene produced is well-dispersed in polymer materials allowing it to be easily integrated into new products. Patent protection has been sought for this technology.
This technology manufacturing process consists of the following features:
Currently, the graphene market is dominated by research sales with robust sales being built. The market landscape and composition is expected to change dramatically in the next decade with the largest sectors being composites, energy storage and functional/conductive coatings. The opportunity lies in mass manufacturing high quality graphene at very low cost.
Graphene has an extraordinary set of properties and therefore has potential across many applications in a wide range of markets including (but not limited to):
The current cost of high quality graphene is in the order of thousands of dollars per kilogram which is prohibitive for any scale up production. This manufacturing process will allow for: