Grafoid raises $3.5 million from private investors on the way to MesoGraf mass production

Grafoid logoGrafoid announced today that they completed a new funding round from private investors, raising just over $3.5 million USD. Earlier in 2013 the company raised a further $1.5 million, which means the company raised over $5 million USD since the beginning of 2013.

The company says that this financing round brings them a step closer to the consruction of their MesoGraf production facilities. Mesograf is Grafoid's graphene-based material announced two months ago. Grafoid collaborates with the National University of Singapore (NUS) and their new spin-off company Graphite Zero on the production, development and marketing of this material.

Grafoid to mass produce affordable high-quality graphene materials called MesoGraf

Grafoid sent us some very interesting news today as the company launched their graphene-based material platform called MesoGraf. They say that they will able to mass produce high-quality graphene at affordable prices. The National University of Singapore (NUS) launched new spin-off company called Graphite Zero which will handle the development and production of MesoGraf. Grafoid holds the majority stake in the new company, and will handle business development and marketing for the new material.

Grafoid says that they have managed to create a low-cost process that will enable them to mass produce graphene Mesograf materials. They say that their one-step chemical process is non-destructive and is environmentally sustainable.

Graphene and TDMC enable multifunctional materials, first one is an efficient solar cell

Researchers from Manchester University and the National University of Singapore developed a new, efficient and sensitive solar cell made from sheets of graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDC). The TMDC (also a 2D material) sheets are very efficient light absorbers while the graphene is used as a transparent conductive layer.

The researchers are optimistic that more and more photoactive "heterestructures" such as the one developed now can be achieved, which will allow them to design multi-functional materials with new functionalities (for example color changing).

Graphene used to create highly corrosive water

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have managed to create water that is corrosive enough to etch diamonds. This was discovered by mistake - the researchers attached a layer of graphene on diamond, and then heated it to a high temperature (to encourage bonding). Water molecules that were trapped between the diamond and graphene could not escape (because graphene is impermeable ).

The "trapped", heated water transformed into a supercritical phase that behaves differently compared to "normal" water. It even corroded the diamond.

The National University of Singapore invests $11 million in a graphene production facility

The National University of Singapore's Graphene Research Centre have launched their new graphene fabrication facility. The new facility will be fully operational by October (the cost is $15 million Singapore dollars, or about $11.8 USD).

The NSU plans to use the facility to develop new technologies for flexible and transparent devices and some new designs that doesn't even exist today.