Tirupati Graphite and Monash University to collaborate on development of commercial graphene applications

Tirupati Graphite has entered into a research collaboration agreement with Monash University in Australia to develop commercial applications for a range of graphene products in raw and recycled polymer nanocomposites and dispersions.

The 12-month agreement with the Department of Material Sciences and Engineering specifies that research will focus on enhancing thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties of various polymers and preparation of dispersions for developing a range of commercial products.

University of Manchester teams up with SOM to develop graphene-enhanced space habitat

Specialists at The University of Manchester have teamed up with global architect firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) to research the design and manufacturing of space habitats for the space industry.

U of M and SOM design graphene-enhanced space habitat imageThe view from inside the viewing deck aboard the Graphene Space Habitat. Credit: SOM and U of Manchester

The international collaboration has Dr. Vivek Koncherry and his team (supported by the Manchester-based Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre) creating a scaled prototype of a graphene-enhanced space habitat with pressurized vessels designed to function in a space environment.

Yadea launches its graphene battery technology

Electric two-wheeler brand Yadea recently unveiled a number of products and innovations at its New Tech Launching Event, held in Wuxi, China. Among the achievements on display were Yadea’s Graphene 3.0 Battery, which the Company aims to to use to advance its electric two-wheeler technology.

Yadea's graphene battery image

Yadea’s Graphene 3.0 Battery reportedly boasts ultra-low temperature resistance, improved battery capacity and a high level of durability. The Company explained that it has added antifreeze electrolyte into the battery, which can dynamically adapt to different environmental conditions, adjust the battery temperature, and ensure that electric vehicle mileage doesn’t decline in winter. At the same time, the battery is said to be resistant to extreme temperatures and can handle ranges from -20°C to 55°C.

Foxconn to help scale up Appear's graphene battery technology

Foxconn has signed an agreement with Appear Inc to scale up Appear's fast charging graphene battery technology, for both consumer products and electric vehicles.

Appear Graphene Super 20 Powerbank photoAppear Graphene Super 20 Powerbank

The two companies will collaborate, and Foxconn will provide its smart manufacturing and product development capabilities while Appear will provide the battery technology and IP.

Zen Graphene Solutions gets Health Canada approval and reports first revenue from shipment of graphene coating

Months after Health Canada deemed graphene-enhanced face masks as a "potential health hazard", ZEN Graphene Solutions announced receiving an approval from Health Canada for its ZENGuard™ disposable face mask with biocidal coating and is rated at an ASTM Level 3. An extensive review process took place, after which Health Canada validated ZENGuard™-enhanced surgical masks as 'safe for use by Canadians'.

In addition, ZEN Graphene Solutions also announced that it has delivered and generated revenue from its first shipment of ZENGuard antimicrobial coating to Trebor Rx. This first commercial shipment was enabled by a successful ramp up from bench scale production to pilot scale capacity, which currently exceeds the amount needed to coat 30 million masks per month. The company also reports that the engineering work on its industrial plant with an estimated capacity to coat the equivalent of 800 million masks per month is in the procurement stage. ZEN expects the build out and commissioning of the plant to be completed during the fourth quarter.

Elcora Closes First Tranche of Private Placement

Elcora Advanced Materials recently announced the closing of the first tranche of its private placement, for gross proceeds of CAD$1,120,500 (around USD$898,362). The Company may issue further Units to raise total gross proceeds of up to CAD$3,000,000 (around USD$2,370,000).

The Company intends to use the net proceeds for general working capital purposes. Elcora was founded in 2011 and has been structured to become a vertically integrated graphite & graphene company. Elcora processes, refines, and produces both graphite & graphene. As part of the vertical integration strategy Elcora is securing high-grade graphite and graphene precursor graphite from operations in Sri Lanka and other countries which are already in production. Elcora has developed a cost-effective process to make high-quality graphite, graphite products and graphene that are commercially scalable.

ZEN Graphene Solutions finalizes definitive commercial agreement with Trebor Rx

ZEN Graphene Solutions recently announced the signing of a definitive commercial agreement with Trebor Rx for the manufacturing of ZENGuard™-enhanced personal protective equipment. The agreement includes surgical masks, filters for Trebor’s patent pending Pro+ mask, nitrile gloves and other potential products.

Greg Fenton, Zen's CEO, commented: ”After working closely with George Irwin and the Trebor team over the last year, we have developed an excellent working relationship and are eager to launch our first product together, the Trebor Rx surgical mask with ZENGuard™ technology delivering over 99.99% bacterial and viral filtration efficiency. This is a significant commercial success for both our organizations, but more importantly, it brings a new option to healthcare employees and others in higher risk settings that wish to significantly enhance the bacterial and viral filtration efficiency compared to a typical, disposable ASTM level 3 mask.”