Imagine Intelligent Materials will share its vision of graphene-enabled sensors for infrastructure, delivering critical, real-time information, at the upcoming IDTechEx Show at the Santa Clara Convention Center, running November 15 – 16.

Imagine IM CEO and Founder Chris Gilbey will present on “Real Time Structural Health Reporting For Infrastructure Using Graphene Coated Geotextiles” on November 15 at 4 pm. The company utilises graphene’s superior conductive properties to develop coatings and compounds that can be applied to synthetic materials, enabling them to sense and report in real time. The initial products in market in Australia that feature these amazing properties are “smart” geosynthetics. These have a vast range of applications in civil engineering, enabling pressure sensing, structural health monitoring, leak detection, and have major implications for the efficiency of dams, bridges, roads, rail and mines.

“The potential application for materials-based real-time sensing is huge” said Gilbey.

“We have some of the most important resources companies in the world here in Australia, and at Imagine IM we value the opportunity to work with them to solve problems in a myriad of applications that require the ability to deliver extremely large scale solutions”

Imagine IM has successfully trialled its first product, i mgne® X3, a coating for geosynthetics enabling leak detection, in coal seam gas leachate containment facilities. The first installation in May represented a single sensing piece of textile over 10,000 square metres in area at a site in Queensland, providing a less expensive, simpler installation, and detection of leaks as small as 1mm.

The company has a number of other graphene-enabled products under development, and believes the “wonder material” will be a critical enabler in many Internet of Things solutions, including where very large sensors are needed. Among Imagine IM’s IoT projects is a funded R&D project for Transurban, Australia’s leading road transport infrastructure provider, to develop prototype sensors for “smart roads”. A proof of concept prototype of a sensing road is currently being installed in Imagine IM’s plant in North Geelong.

“For graphene to deliver on its potential, solutions must be based on a deep understanding of the customer’s supply chain and its business problems, as well as a sophisticated understanding of the chemistry of the materials that graphene is intended to enhance,” said Gilbey.

“We work with partner businesses to develop bespoke materials solutions, tailored to the unique requirements of each different application, and able to integrate into our data collection technology that extracts useful information from the material, presenting it on a dashboard for the end-user.”

Imagine IM combines certification, manufacturing, licensing and data acquisition in its business model. It has links to some of Australia’s finest material scientists through partnerships with universities and research institutions including Swinburne University, University of Wollongong, CSIRO, Deakin University, and with Swinburne have recently established a three-year CRC-P research project into how to characterise and certify graphene throughout industry supply chains.

Imagine IM’s factory in North Geelong, Victoria, has a 10-tonne annual capacity.

For further information contact

Chris Gilbey
Imagine Intelligent Materials
Suite 306, 414 Gardeners Rd, Rosebery NSW 2018 Phone+61 (0) 414 223 763


About graphene:

Graphene’s discoverers were awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010. Graphene is the first two-dimensional material and is classed as a “super-material” offering extremely high electrical and thermal conductivity, hydrophobicity, strength, and impermeability to all gases.

About Imagine Intelligent Materials:

Imagine IM is a vertically integrated graphene applications developer and manufacturer. Imagine IM’s conductive coatings make textiles into smart sensors. Imagine IM’s integrated communications systems capture sensing data and process it to provide real time location based information to the end user. The Company was founded in 2014 by a group of scientists and engineers led by Chris Gilbey and Phil Aitchison, with a vision to create disruptive products and solutions that leverage the promise of graphene. Imagine IM has an innovative certification and licensing model that ensures customers and licensees can be confident that their products will always perform to the necessary standards. Imagine IM is the first company in the world to develop conductive geosynthetic materials using functionalised graphene.

About Chris Gilbey:

Chris Gilbey is CEO and co-founder of Imagine Intelligent Materials. He previously ran a publicly listed Digital Signal Processing company, Lake Technology Limited, which he sold to Dolby Laboratories, where he became an executive. He then became Entrepreneur in Residence at The Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials Science, led by the University of Wollongong, where he was responsible for spinning out a hydrogen technology company, before founding Imagine IM.