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’.
Over in WA meeting super smart firms like First Graphene with our candidate for Fremantle Josh Wilson.
This firm has come up with a clever, cost effective way to extract #graphene - an additive that is light, strong, water repelling and fire resistant, which could be used for a stack of different purposes.
And an Aussie firm beating overseas competitors to the punch. Loved visiting them.
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