Graphene, the Super-Material
We use graphene to create smart materials that sense and report real-time changes in stress, temperature and moisture.
Graphene, a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms, is the lightest, strongest, most electrically conductive substance yet discovered. Regarded as the “wonder material” of our time because of its unique and exceptional properties, graphene will enable the development of new smart materials that will revolutionise everyday products for the next decades.
- Strongest material ever measured
- Thinnest know material
- Best conductor of electricity
- Largest surface area to volume ratio
- Stiffest known material
- Most stretchable crystal
- Record thermal conductivity
- Impermeable to all gases
Graphene was discovered in 2004 by Nobel Prize winners Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov. Since this breakthrough more than 12,000 graphene related patents have been filed, with research continuing to grow rapidly across the public and private sectors.
Commercialising Graphene For Manufacturing
Moving from graphene research into commercial production of graphene for composite materials is difficult and risky. It requires an approach where graphene is not the end product, but rather making graphene that is fit for purpose for the target application.
We have now integrated our experience and know how into designing a graphene micro-plant. It is not a lab scale plant, but a fully functional production plant that can produce quantities of graphene suitable for university research centres and prototyping manufacturers to produce graphene in volumes that would be typically required in any full scale manufacturing environment.
Our design reflects our understanding of the need to co-locate graphene manufacture to the location that is optimum for dispersion and functionalisation.
IMGNE manufactures and functionalises graphene in volume at our plant in Geelong, Australia.
It is critical to the commercial success of graphene that new standards are developed so that manufacturing with graphene materials is predictable and replicable. Visit our Graphene Certification Centre to see how we are achieving this.