Construction materials

University of Manchester strikes graphene partnership with Khalifa University

The University of Manchester has entered a partnership with Abu Dhabi-based Khalifa University of Science and Technology, with the aim to deliver a funding boost to graphene innovation. Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President & Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, and Professor Sir John O’Reilly, President of Khalifa University  officially signed a contract between the two institutions during a VIP visit by a Manchester delegation to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

This international partnership will further accelerate Manchester and Abu Dhabi’s research and innovation into graphene and other 2D materials. The Research & Innovation Center for Graphene and 2D Materials (RIC-2D), based in Khalifa University, is part of a strategic investment program supported by the Government of Abu Dhabi, UAE. This partnership will expedite the development of the RIC-2D at Khalifa University as well as help building capability in graphene and 2D materials in collaboration with Graphene@Manchester, a community that includes the academic–led National Graphene Institute (NGI) and the commercially-focused Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC), a pioneering facility already backed by the Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company Masdar.

Read the full story Posted: Nov 29,2022

Directa Plus to supply graphene for 250 km Italian motorway road surfacing project

Directa Plus has announced that its G+ graphene will be used in the asphalt for a 250 kilometer (km) motorway section in Italy, along with selected recycled hard plastics such as toys, fruit crates and litter bins, to make a product called Gipave. The contract to use the Gipave asphalt ‘supermodifier’ in the road surfacing of the A4 Torino-Milano motorway section was won by Directa's Italian partner Iterchimica with motorway management and infrastructure specialist ASTM Group.  

Gipave uses Directa's graphene to improve resistance and life span for road surfaces.

Read the full story Posted: Oct 21,2022

First Graphene, Breedon Group, Morgan Sindall Construction and the University of Manchester develop graphene-enhanced cement

First Graphene will work with the Breedon Group, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure and the University of Manchester to develop a new reduced-CO2 graphene-enhanced cement. The consortium is currently formulating the cement using varying doses of First Graphene’s PureGRAPH graphene-enhanced grinding aid. The project received a research grant from the UK government earlier in 2022.

First Graphene says that the study involves one of the largest commercial trials of its kind to date globally.

Read the full story Posted: Oct 03,2022

Haydale and Atomi collaborate on graphene-enhanced 'smart' concrete

Haydale and Atomi have announced they will be working together on a project aimed at developing high-performance, intelligent concrete. Using graphene and adding sensor technology, the next generation of strengthened concrete reportedly has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 30% while offering performance indicators during its lifetime thanks to intelligent sensors capable of capturing real-time data.

Graphene-enhanced concrete is a relatively new development but has been gaining traction and is already being tested around the world, including in several construction projects in the UK. To learn more about graphene-enhanced construction materials, don't miss Graphene-Info's new report

Read the full story Posted: Sep 27,2022

New graphene-enhanced asphalt installation in Chelmsford, Essex

Earlier this month, Iterchimica and Jean Lefebvre (UK) installed a Gipave modified HRA (Hot Rolled Asphalt) 35/14 Surface Course in Chelmsford, Essex. Gipave is a graphene-enhanced polymer additive, which due to its thermal management properties, makes the asphalt less susceptible to hardening and cracking in cold temperatures, as well as to softening and deforming in high temperatures.

This is the latest in a long line of graphene-enhanced construction materials projects. This field shows tremendous potential with many ongoing tests and projects, and no doubt many more to come. Learn more by reading Graphene-Info's Graphene Construction Materials report! 

Read the full story Posted: Aug 29,2022

New market report: Graphene-enhanced Construction Materials

Graphene-Info is proud to announce a new market report, focused on the Graphene Construction Materials Market, a comprehensive guide to the world of graphene-enhanced construction materials.

Graphene can benefit the construction industry in many ways, like enhancing the performance of materials, reducing costs, reducing carbon emissions and more. All these should prove vital to the growing construction industry. Graphene-enhanced construction materials are already a reality, and the use of such materials is only expected to grow.

Reading this report, you'll learn all about:

  • The advantages of using graphene in construction materials
  • Companies involved in this industry
  • Projects and trials underway today
  • Research activities

The report package also provides:

  • Datasheets and brochures from leading companies
  • A look into how graphene can reduce carbon emissions
  • A look into Chinese graphene construction materials projects
  • Free updates for a year

This Graphene Construction Materials market report provides a great introduction to graphene materials used in the construction industry. It is a must-read guide for anyone interested in understanding the current market, mapping the companies involved and evaluating the future of the construction industry.

Read the full story Posted: Aug 10,2022

CleanGraph announces new clean process for graphene production

CleanGraph, a chemical manufacturing company, has announced that it revealed a new process to transform graphite into graphene.

"Expanded graphite is a layered nanocarbon material, which is produced at industrial scale by oxidative intercalation and high-temperature expansion of natural graphite. CleanGraph is a novel proprietary process to chemically modify graphite into various forms of graphene in a faster, more productive and ecologically friendly way," said the Company's scientific team.

Read the full story Posted: Jul 27,2022

Calling out to graphene-enhanced construction material developers for a new market report!

We're happy to announce that we're working on a new market report, that will focus on graphene-enhanced construction materials - mainly cement, concrete, mortar and asphalt.

GEIC hosts first exterior pour of graphene-enhanced Concretene image

We are at the final stages of the report, and expect to publish it in a few weeks. We'd like to call out to graphene developers and construction related companies - if you want to be featured in our report, now is the time! we'll be happy to receive information, datasheets, brochures, etc.

Read the full story Posted: Jul 20,2022

First graphene reports record quarter earnings of $359,000 AUD

First Graphene (FGR) says that its fourth quarter (FY22) revenues reached a record 359,000 AUD. Its full-year (FY2022) revenues increased 111% to $723,000 AUD.

First Graphene says that its strong performance in the last quarter was driven by several significant orders for its graphene materials, and also new application/research development services. The composites and plastics segments contributed 46% of its revenues in the quarter, followed by cement/concrete (31%). Coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers contributed 12%.

Read the full story Posted: Jul 19,2022

Graphenea, Lantania and UPM develop graphene-enhanced additive for cement and concrete

Graphenea, Lantania (an international group that builds large transport, water and energy infrastructures) and the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) recently developed a graphene-enhanced additive that enhances the expected useful life of concrete by 50%, as well as its resistance to adverse environmental conditions and its mechanical behavior. After verifying its effectiveness in the laboratory, the new additive was tested on a non-structural element of the Almudévar Reservoir construction project.

Graphene cement enhancer developed and tested by Graphenea and Lantania image

The test was conducted by adding an improved graphene admixture to concrete with a 30 MPa compressive strength. Its overall efficacy was evaluated during mixing in the concrete plant, when still fresh and through noting the effects on the concrete during transport and placement. Mechanical behavior and durability tests in aggressive environments were then carried out.

Read the full story Posted: Jul 06,2022