The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected three projects to receive approximately USD$3 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development projects.

Among these projects is a laboratory-scale coal-derived graphene process – the University of North Dakota will demonstrate a laboratory-scale coal-derived graphene process to produce graphene oxide, reduced graphene oxide, and graphene quantum dots starting from domestic US coal.

The steps to meet the proposed objective include:

  • Coal pre-treatment with methods developed by the University’s Energy & Environment Research Center.
  • Graphitization of treated coal products.
  • Exfoliation of graphite to graphene.
  • An economic feasibility analysis.
  • Analysis of product target markets and technology gaps.

These processes will aim to advance the current state of technology, as well as maximize the coal value chain.

The DOE funding grant will be US$744 064, non-DOE funding will be US$186 016 and total value will be US$930 080.