Infinite possibilities and beyond

Infinite possibilities and beyond - Wilton Centre

The scientific world is really excited because graphene has so much potential to replace existing materials, providing new products with enhanced characteristics. However, it takes a lot of skill to explore each application and make it commercially viable.

Adrian Potts, Applied Graphene Materials

Applied Graphene Materials (AGM), based at the Wilton Centre, is a leading innovator in the manufacture and application of graphene materials – nanoparticles tipped to improve a wide range of products in diverse industries.

Graphene was hailed as a breakthrough when it was discovered at the University of Manchester in 2004 due to its incredible properties as a single atomic layer material – it’s strong (tougher than diamonds!), lightweight and corrosion resistant, and has thermal and electrical properties too. Turning this amazing substance into commercial use has taken some time but, after 15 years of extensive R&D and partner support, AGM’s collaborative projects are starting to bear fruit, with products now entering the market that contain its high quality graphene nanoplatelets – a practical, usable form of the material that can find real applications.

“The scientific world is really excited because graphene has so much potential to replace existing materials, providing new products with enhanced characteristics. However, it takes a lot of skill to explore each application and make it commercially viable,” explained Adrian Potts, Chief Executive Officer at AGM. “We are therefore extremely focused on certain key areas – coatings, high performance composites and functional materials – to maximise the potential for success. The first of these sectors centres on paints and coatings used to prevent rust and other forms of corrosion. The addition of our graphene to these formulations has been proven to substantially enhance the life of the coatings, and hence the longevity of the item coated. This potential extends to coated structures used in harsh environments, such as oil rigs, ships and offshore wind turbines, where service life and maintenance downtime are major issues. When incorporated into these coatings, graphene acts as an exceptional barrier and contributes to corrosion resistance, reducing costly maintenance and downtime. In addition, we have developed anti-corrosion solutions for aluminium, which are generating significant interest in the aerospace sector. As these sectors tend to have long gestation periods due to rigorous testing requirements, we have also focused on higher volume, more mainstream anti-corrosion and chemical resistance applications.”

In lightweight composite materials, graphene has the potential to further enhance mechanical, thermal and electrical performance and therefore increase their utility, generating exciting opportunities in applications from aerospace to automotive and motorsport. In addition to a materials performance enhancement package, AGM has developed interesting and novel deposition methods that are both cost-effective and aligned with new composites manufacturing processes. The company is creating new materials combinations that enhance the end use performance too, such as thermal pastes where the performance increase can be matched to density reduction for an ideal lightweight, high performance solution. With a focus on the end use, AGM’s products can be used for many more applications and, in the future, this UK discovery could be making an impact in marine environments, aircraft, high performance cars, medicine and even in space.

To learn more about Applied Graphene Materials, visit http://www.appliedgraphenematerials.com

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