Smithers Apex announce an impressive speaker list for the first Graphene World Summit

Smithers Apex announced the speakers for the first Graphene World Summit, a graphene-focused event that will take place September 15-16 in Kerkeley, California. The speaker list is quite impressive - and it includes IBM, Argonne National Laboratory, Applied Graphene Materials, Grafoid, Bluestone Global Tech, Cambridge Graphene Center, Cientifica, Graphene Frontiers, Graphene Technologies, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Graphenea, Strategic News Service, XG Sciences, Raytheon and more.

The summit will focus on bringing together the scientific and business communities. Planned sessions at event include the global path to standardization, innovation and commercialization; investment strategies; material development and production case studies; and game-changing applications and commercialization success stories.

Vertically-aligned graphene oxide flakes enable supercapacitors that can charge 1,000 faster than regular graphene ones

Researchers from Korea's Sungkyunkwan developed new supercapacitors that can charge 1000 times faster than current graphene supercapacitors, while also having three times the energy capacity. To achieve this fast charge (and discharge) times,t he researchers used vertically aligning graphene oxide flakes.

The researchers created a graphene oxide film using a carbon nanotube, and then used cutting and heat treatment to develop the vertically-structured graphene electrodes. The researchers also inserted a VNT into the GO sheets and created regular patterned pores in the GO films. All this resulting in electrodes that is much faster than solid and vertically-structured graphene used in existing supercapacitors.

Samsung announces a breakthrough large-area graphene synthesis process

Samsung announced that they developed a breakthrough large-area graphene synthesis process. The company says this is one of the most significant breakthroughs in graphene research ever, and they expect this new technique to accelerate graphene commercialization towards applications in electronics.

Samsung graphene transistor photo

This process was discovered by researchers at Samsung's Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) in collaboration with Sungkyunkwan University. The process can be used to grow single crystal graphene on the current semiconductor wafer scale while maintaining graphene's electric and mechanical properties.

Parkinson's disease detection enhanced by 3D graphene foams

Researchers from Korea's Sungkyunkwan University vertically integrated ZnO nanowires on graphene foams (3D graphene) and used this as electrodes for Parkinson's disease detection - to selectively detect uric acid (UA), dopamine (DA), and ascorbic acid (AA) by a differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) method.

The researchers explain that their electrode is optimized as it has a large surface area with mesoporous 3D graphene structures that facilitate ion diffusion easily. It also features high conductivity from the 3D graphene foam and high selectivity due to the active sites of the ZnO surface.

Korean companies are securing essential graphene patents in Korea

The Korean Intellectual Property Office posted some interesting figures today. They report that Korean companies are securing essential patents related to the commercialization of graphene - and several companies are making inroads into graphene production and manufacturing transparent graphene-based displays.

Between 2005 and June 2013 a total of 2,921 graphene-related patents have been applied for in Korea, and the rate is accelerating quickly. 93% of those patents have been applied for by Korean individuals and organizations.