The Swedish Energy Agency granted €60,000 to Graphensic, a Swedish based company (established in November 2011 as a spin-off from the Linköping University) that aims to produce single layer graphene on hexagonal silicon carbide for the electronic equipment market, and related markets.
Graphensic founders have decided to bring in an experienced entrepreneur to bring in complementary business experience in the company as it goes into its next stage now. They will recruit a chairman of the board that will also handle marketing and sales. The company will try and raise further funds in 2013 in order to purchase production equipment.
Graphensic's technology uses a high temperature process to produce epitaxial graphene on SiC. The high temperature provides better uniformity as in lower temperature there are more defects in the SiC substrate, and it's also beneficial for the surface kinetics when the graphene layer is formed since carbon atoms are given higher energy to move on the surface.