Imagine Intelligent Materials was founded in 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The founders, from a background of materials science, signals processing and business, had a singular vision: to deliver infinitely scalable sensing systems using graphene enabling every part of the built environment to communicate.
We believed then that the world needs more information to make informed decisions, and that we would be able to make building smart, roads smart, cars smart… and in so doing deliver massive productivity gains to our partners and customers. At the same time we believed that materials science has the capacity to solve many of the world’s biggest problems.
We are well advanced on our mission.
- We built the first commercial graphene manufacturing plant in Australia.
- We pioneered the development of conductive coatings using graphene.
- We were to first to make leak detection geotextiles using graphene.
We have established a vertically integrated business model. Our graphene coatings deliver sensing capabilities to materials without impacting the structural integrity of the substrate. Our prototype signal processing devices can extract useful data from the materials on stress, moisture and heat.
We are now developing reference designs for these devices to enable them to be manufactured at scale. We intend to license the designs to third party manufacturers.
The data we collect can be moved into the cloud for further processing and analysis. We can present data to the user in a variety of ways depending on the application.
Our approach has always been that we need to work with existing manufacturing processes and supply chains, and that revolutionary approaches such as ours need to be de-risked in order for them to be adopted at large scale.
They also need to make sense economically. If what we do doesn’t help our partners achieve higher margins, improved market share, differentiation from competitors, why would they be incentivised to work with us? We try to hit the ball out of the park for them on each of these targets. That’s why some of the world’s largest companies are choosing to work with us.
We have also developed a graphene certification process that will enable our licensees and users to know that they can trust the solution we provide.
We are working with the world’s leading materials scientists in Australia and beyond, including those at Swinburne University, Deakin University, RMIT, CSIRO, the University of Wollongong and the University of Oklahoma.
We are building a Digital Signals Processing engineering team in Finland where we have established Imagine Intelligent Materials Oy, and we are developing a presence in Germany at ARENA2036 in Stuttgart. We also have established a data science development group in San Diego in California.
Our graphene plant was the recipient of the Innovation, Research and Development Award from Engineers Australia for 2016.
We have been invited to participate in numerous Startup events including: Plug And Play (Silicon Valley), World Materials Forum (Nancy, France), Startup Autobahn (Stuttgart, Germany), Mondial Tech Startup Awards (Paris, France).