Scientists at The University of Manchester have ‘re-discovered’ a material, which could make the construction of 2D van der Waals heterostructures easier to build.
Major UK graphene manufacturer joins the NGI
22 Jun 2016
The National Graphene Institute (NGI) has signed a collaborative partnership with a leading UK graphene company to accelerate the commercialisation of applications.
Haydale Graphene Industries, the group focused on enabling technology for the commercialisation of graphene and other nanomaterials based in South Wales, work closely with the NGI and have now agreed a formal partnership which aims to leverage each party’s particular expertise in order to seek opportunities to develop and commercialise graphene products and applications.
This will see the NGI utilising the Haydale patented process incorporated in its R&D plasma reactor for research into the functionalisation of graphene and other nanomaterials, led by Professor Ian Kinloch and Professor Robert Young. This will look into the use, process and identification of nanomaterials to enhance performance in composites, sensors, printable inks, super capacitators, rubbers and elastomers.
Initial opportunities include working together to create opportunities and funding in the aerospace and automotive markets and already the co-operation has see the development of components for a Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) demonstrator with plans for its flight due to take place later this year.
This is already creating interest from a number of aerospace companies and is a great example of academia and industry working together to create the supply-chain necessary for entry into such a market.
The NGI will also use material and prototype applications developed by Haydale, as well as other UK graphene producers and innovators.
Haydale are also the headline sponsors of ‘Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond’; a major exhibition opening at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Manchester on July 23rd, to coincide with the city hosting the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF).
The NGI now has 50 collaborative partners, working alongside more than 230 graphene and 2D materials researchers at The University of Manchester.
University of Manchester Graphene Business Director James Baker said: “Haydale are one of a number of excellent UK graphene companies, producing quality materials and engineering them into real-life applications.
“This partnership is an example of how we are working closely with the supply chain including SMEs to ensure that graphene commercialisation stays in the UK and that the graphene community works closely together to find applications for this remarkable material.”
Haydale CEO Ray Gibbs added: “Haydale are delighted to be collaborating with the National Graphene Institute in Manchester which is known as the home of graphene. The NGI has a worldwide profile, which attracts significant industrial interest from across the globe. This collaboration is a further step in our aim at making the UK the centre of excellence for Graphene by retaining UK knowledge on graphene as we work towards commercialisation.”
Notes for editors
James Baker and Ray Gibbs are available for interview on request.
More information about graphene can be found at www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk, and images of graphene can be downloaded from http://www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk/discover/image-gallery/
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Haydale has developed a patented scalable plasma process to functionalise graphene and other nanomaterials. This enabling technology can provide Haydale with a rapid and highly cost-efficient method of supplying tailored solutions to enhance applications for both raw material suppliers and product manufacturers.
Functionalisation is carried out through a patented low-pressure plasma process that treats both mined, organic fine powder and other synthetically produced nanomaterial powders, producing high-quality few layered graphenes and graphene nanoplatelets. The process can functionalise with a range of chemical groups, with the level of functionalisation tailored to the customer’s needs. Good dispersion improves the properties and performance of the host material and ensures the final product performs as specified.
The Haydale plasma process does not use wet chemistry, nor does it damage the material being processed; rather, it can clean up any impurities inherent in the raw material. The technology is a low energy user and most importantly environmentally friendly. The Haydale process is a patented enabling technology, allowing the Group to work with a raw material producer who seeks to add value to the base product and tailor the outputs to meet the target applications of the end user.
Haydale, based in South Wales and housed in a purpose-built facility for processing and handling nanomaterials, is facilitating the application of graphenes and other nanomaterials in fields such as inks, sensors, energy storage, composites, paints and coatings.
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