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Low-Cost High-Quality Graphene from Graphite

Economic Sector
Energy Utilization
Environmental Benefits
Climate changeClean air
Status
Active
Consortium members
Grafoid Inc.Alcoa IncCalevia IncFocus Graphite Inc.General Sports and EntertainmentLLCGraflow Inc.Grafwire Inc.Graphite Zero Pte Ltd
Year Approved
2014
Year Announced
2014
SDTC Funding
$8,120,646
Leveraged Funding
$16,597,622
Total Project Value
$24,718,268

Lead organization:

Grafoid Inc.

Description:

At one atom thin, graphene is lighter and stronger than steel, more electrically conductive than copper or silver, and is much sought after for its unique ability to store either hydrogen or electrons. In fact, its discovery in 2004 led to a 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. In short, this is an impressive natural material derived from crystalline graphite with applications in medicine, electronics, and energy storage, power generation (such as fuel cells or solar cells), aerospace, computer chips, next-generation transportation, construction materials – and more. So why is this nanomaterial not where it needs to be? Simply because it is expensive to produce, largely owing to the high temperatures needed to produce it. Grafoid has developed a novel low-cost, environmentally sustainable method that produces high-quality MesoGraf™ graphene at room temperature, enabling a 90 percent reduction in the amount of energy used as compared to the market dominant method. Furthermore, the process optimizes the reuse of reagents with the net reduction in wastewater production.

Location:

Ontario
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