First International Standard on Graphene Definitions has been published

Graphene is considered by many as a wonder material with the potential to revolutionize several industrial sectors: from coatings and composites, to electronics and aerospace. The estimated global market for graphene itself has been estimated to be in the range of US$ billions by 2035.Besides, a worldwide race is happening to develop graphene applications, with an even bigger market potential, reaching areas such as high efficiency batteries and desalination membranes. However, as any other new revolutionary material, the development of these applications and their introduction into the market depend strongly on the quality of the produced graphene.

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World’s most sensitive and energy efficient nano-magnetic sensor

NUS CA2DM, one of the world leaders in 2D materials research is pushing the boundary in magnetic field detection and looking for industry partners to develop world’s most sensitive magnetic sensor and the first one based on 2D hetero-structures. This sensor has broad applications for automation, inspection, biomedical-imaging and other industrial applications.

The active core sensing area of this sensor is made of graphene and boron nitride hetero-structure. It reacts strongly to magnetic field with magneto-resistance change as high as 10^5 % higher than any AMR, GMR and TMR sensors. In addition, it can be used in wide range of magnetic field with extremely low power consumption of 10 nW.

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The Good, the Bad or the Ugly?

Since the early stage of the graphene production, quality was pointed out as one of the main issues to be solved in the future. Even from the academic point of view the quality of graphene and other 2D materials has not yet reached an unanimity. On the other extreme, many companies popped-up all around the world in recent years, offering all sort of graphene “products”. So how to insure that what you are buying to do your R&D is really graphene?

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What exactly is graphene?

At the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials (previously, Graphene Research Centre) we have been working on basic science and the technology of graphene and other 2D Materials. One of our goals is to deliver an industrial definition of graphene that can be used worldwide and will help to guide graphene produces, developers, and researchers. Continue Reading

Graphene: Unknown at K 2016

K 2016, the biggest plastics and rubber trade fair worldwide, held from 19th to 26th October 2016 was a grand success with 230,000 trade visitors from over 160 countries. The plastics and rubber industries presented their entire performance spectrum and a whole diversity of innovative applications. There were 3,285 exhibitors from all continents who introduced their latest development.

Surprisingly, there was not a single product exhibited using graphene, the wonder material. There were only three companies that were selling graphene as a raw material. Most of the companies never even heard about graphene. The important question is why? There are many answers to this question and few of them were put forward by the companies themselves: 1) Bottlenecks in large scale production of graphene 2) Lack of standards in graphene production 3) Low hanging application such as composites and coatings are still at R&D stage 4) Lack of knowledge dissemination about the material etc.

Centre for Advance 2D Materials and Graphene Research Centre at National University of Singapore are working towards solving all the above issues. More on this in the upcoming blog posts.

We hope to joins hands and make graphene a success by K 2019!