Our adventure with First Graphene provides opportunities to meet talented and inspiring business owners across a wide range of industries seeking techniques and strategies to enhance and differentiate their products. Last week we had a visit from ex Special Forces commander turned entrepreneur Mark Wales (pictured right) founder of Kill_Kapture.
Kill_Kapture is a “tough luxury” ecommerce clothing brand developed for a niche market. The product range, which includes the Pathfinder jacket, is inspired by Mark’s experience as an SASR trooper and also influenced by Jason Bourne and the Terminator. Meeting Mark felt a little like meeting a real life Jason Bourne; and learning more about his journey from the military to Wharton Business School to launching a fashion brand in New York was fascinating.
During his time in the military he was equipped with cutting edge equipment and Mark is bringing that ethos into his clothing line. In seeking to further enhance his product and expand his range Mark is looking to incorporate graphene for added strength and durability.
As the world's leading supplier of graphene, we are excited by the prospect of working with Mark to help him achieve his vision.
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In recognition of its status as the world leader in the manufacturing of electrochemically exfoliated graphene, ASX-listed First Graphene has been invited to be one of three first-tier partners in the University of Manchester’s £60 million ($107 million) Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre (GEIC – pronounced ‘‘geek‘‘).
The GEIC has been established to accelerate the commercialisation of graphene by bringing together industry operators and university scientists under one roof.
Company chairman Warwick Grigor says the deal with the university will give First Graphene access to the best brains in the graphene business and the most advanced equipment for measuring and working with the material.
The University of Manchester’s recently completed £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) has agreed the first in a series of industrial partnerships to accelerate the commercialisation of graphene in Manchester.
First Graphene Ltd, Haydale Graphene Industries Plc, and Versarien Plc have each agreed to partner with the GEIC in order to exploit opportunities to develop and commercialise graphene products and applications. The GEIC, which is housed in the Masdar building near Manchester city centre, was recently handed over to University ownership from contractors ahead of an official opening later this year.
New applications for one of the world’s hardest materials will be commercialised by a newly formed nano-science spinout company.
In an Australian first, the new company 2D Fluidics Pty Ltd – backed by ASX-listed First Graphene Ltd in partnership with Flinders University – will commercialise the SA-designed Vortex Fluidic Device (VFD) to produce environmentally safe supplies of high-grade graphite at a price and scale viable for use in energy storage devices, coatings, polymers and other modern materials.
Colin Raston has made seminal contributions to inorganic, organometallic, supramolecular and green chemistry, nanoscience, nanotechnology and flow chemistry. These discoveries and innovations culminated in his development of the Vortex Fluidic Device (VFD). The VFD is a thin film microfluidic platform with diverse applications including, protein separation and folding, controlling chemical reactivity and selectivity, probing the structure of self-organised systems and synthesising nano-materials. The result is a new paradigm in continuous flow chemistry. Raston’s invention gained wide publicity through the shared award in 2015 of an Ig Nobel Prize in Chemistry for ‘unboiling an egg’.