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Eksagon pens 2D Research agreement

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Eksagon is pleased to announce that is has reached a sponsorship agreement with 2D Research.

2D Research is the leading portal on graphene research and commercialization with tens of thousands of visitors per month, covering research publications and patents in the two-dimensional community with regular articles and newsletters.

The agreement will see Eksagon supporting 2D Research’s efforts in providing accurate, scientifically legitimate and market viable graphene commercialization stories.

Dr. Thanasis Georgiou, Business Director of Eksagon, said:

“In the current landscape of two-dimensional materials the lack of clarity in terms of graphene’s value proposition brings significant barriers for industrial adoption. Eksagon business proposition is to commercialize the unique properties of graphene and as a result the sponsorship of 2D Research, which shares the same principles, is a natural milestone for us.”

The agreement will last for one year with the possibility to extend for a further three.

Eksagon Group Ltd is an award winningstart up founded in Manchester, UK. It’s goal is to incubate graphene-related early stage technologies in order to realise their full market potential. Eksagon won an Innovate UK grant, a Royal Society Emerging Technologies competition and was a finalist at the Hello Tomorrow pan-European competition.

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Grafoid Introduces GPURE: Large Area Graphene-based Membranes

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KINGSTON, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Feb. 16, 2017) – Grafoid Inc., a graphene R&D and investment company announced today its development of the GPURE Membrane Platform consisting initially of six next generation GPURE Graphene-Polymer membrane technologies intended for industrial markets.

Grafoid’s largest shareholder is Focus Graphite Inc. (TSX VENTURE:FMS)(OTCQX:FCSMF)(FRANKFURT:FKC), owner of the Lac Knife high-grade flake graphite deposit in Quebec. Focus Graphite holds two off-take agreements with Grafoid to supply it with high-purity graphite for graphene application commercialization with joint venture partners.

Grafoid’s GPURE technologies span a range of scalable industrial applications requiring novel, disruptive solutions to create new products or enhance or supplant existing membrane technologies.

One of the key obstacles to graphene’s broad, universal industrial acceptance is the absence to date of low-cost, high performing graphene applications that can be successfully adapted for use across all industrial sectors.

Market and Markets Research anticipates the global membranes market will grow significantly by 2020 with water & wastewater treatment, pharmaceuticals & medical segments accounting for approximately two-thirds of the global membranes market.

It reported that “the increasing use of membranes in the oil & gas sector for gas processing, hydrogen production, carbon dioxide removal from natural gas streams, and so on are also projected to drive the growth in the membranes market.”

GPURE Graphene-Polymer membranes include:

GPURE (A) – A high performing, free-standing membrane developed for water desalination applications

GPURE (B)– A stable, large area membrane developed for wastewater filtration suitable for very high temperature operating applications

GPURE (C)– A large area free-standing membrane developed for water filtration pre-treatment and may be suitable for use in gas separation applications and may be used as a lightweight component for automotive and sports equipment applications

GPURE (D)– A large area membrane that may be used for gas separation and sensing applications

GPURE (E)– A large area membrane intended for use in gas separation applications

GPURE (F)- May be applied as a graphene varnish for wood surfaces to protect against moisture, UV light and high temperatures

Grafoid Chief Executive Officer Gary Economo said the company’s next generational technology developments could lead to new products that create both operating and economic efficiencies that are critical for sustainable growth.

Grafoid is engaged with over 25 companies in Asia, Europe and North America, who are currently testing our materials for use in one or more of their product applications. If their testing returns positive results, there is a potential to develop joint venture partnerships or licensing agreements.

More detailed information on the Company’s individual GPURE products and potential applications will be released in the coming weeks.

About Grafoid Inc.

Grafoid is focused on three areas of graphene-related technology development it sees as “low-hanging fruit” for industrial adoption.

They are graphene based materials for energy creation, storage and transmission; graphene based polymers and; graphene coatings for all industrial sectors.

Grafoid is a graphene R&D and investment company. The company provides expertise as well as product and processes for transformative, industrial-scale graphene applications in partnership with leading corporations and institutions around the world.

A privately held Canadian corporation, Grafoid invests in graphene applications and economically scalable production processes for graphene and graphene derivatives from raw, unprocessed graphite ore. Focus Graphite Inc. holds a significant interest in Grafoid Inc.

Incorporated in 2011, Grafoid’s global enterprise platform includes 17 subsidiary companies engaged in the development of Mesograf™ materials and products, and GrafeneX ultra-thin graphene industrial coatings and commercialization development services. They include, but are not limited to: Mesograf™-enhanced lithium batteries for electric vehicles, consumer electronics, and industrial energy storage; polymers, plastics, rubber, elastomers, and composite materials; fiber science including aluminum alloys; lubricants; fire retardant materials; thermal management solutions; EMI/RFI/EMP shielding; solar solutions, and analytical testing, and; laboratory services.

Grafoid’s research is supported through the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) of the National Research Council of Canada, and, on February 20, 2015, Grafoid received an $8.1 million investment from the SD Tech Fund™ of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to develop a technology that will automate Mesograf™ graphene production and end-product development. SDTC is mandated by the Government of Canada to support clean technology companies as they move their technologies to market.

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South Korean scientists add value to a form of amorphous graphene

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By Yoon Sung-won 

Researchers in South Korea have developed a synthesis method for a new type of graphene that will benefit new applications including seawater desalination, according to Samsung Electronics and Sungkyunkwan University.

Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) researchers and Sunkyunkwan University’s advanced materials science and engineering professors have jointly researched the original technology to synthesise the large-area monatomic amorphous graphene allotrope on germanium semiconductor wafers.

The study on the new type of graphene, which is non-conductive and super-permeable, is featured in the international scientific journal “Science Advances” under the title “Realisation of continuous Zachariasen carbon monolayer.”

“If an amorphous two-dimensional material that allows penetration of water but not ions is developed, it can be used for seawater desalination,” a member of the research team said.

Discovered in 2004, graphene is one of the rare known 2D nanomaterials. It has been known to be composed of a hexagonal lattice of carbon atoms.

The previously known type of graphene has high electrical and thermal conductivity and is highly durable. It is over 100 times more electrically conductive and more than 200 times more durable than steel. Also, it is impermeable. Such characteristics have made graphene a “dream” material for high-performance electronic devices such as wearable display panels and semiconductor chips, as well as medical uses such as drug delivery and condoms.

Since graphene’s discovery in 2004, more diverse 2D materials have been researched. Until recently, however, such studies have focused on crystalline materials with regular atomic structures.

The research team highlighted the growing importance of amorphous materials in actual industries.

“Amorphous materials are widely playing essential roles in the electronics industry due to their superb electronic, mechanical and thermal properties together with practical advantages, including low cost, uniformity and excellent processability,” the team member said.

The Korean researchers have looked into the defect structure of 2D materials and succeeded in synthesising amorphous graphene with its carbon atoms randomly connected to each other.

Unlike the previously known type of graphene, the new type has an irregular array of carbon atoms. It has very low electrical and thermal conductivity and allows certain substances to pass through.

“The achievement stands for substantial expansion of two-dimensional substances which have increasingly been highlighted as the key elements of next-generation industries,” Sungkyunkwan University professor Whang Dong-mok said.

“Based on the new characteristics of amorphous 2D materials, compared to those of the existing crystalline substances, it will also be able to open new academic and industrial applications.”

Previously in 2014, the joint research team of SAIT and Sungkyunkwan University drew attention both from the academic and industrial sectors by developing the original technology for large-scale synthesis of single-crystalline graphene on semiconductor wafers.

Journal paper: Realization of continuous Zachariasen carbon monolayer

Dotz Nano showed use of Graphene Quantum Dots in Flash Memory in Collaboration with Kyung Hee University

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Perth, Feb 13, 2017 AEST (ABN Newswire)

Quantum dot technology company, Dotz Nano Ltd has successfully completed a Proof of Concept research study into the use of Graphene Quantum Dots (GQDs) in flash memory with the Kyung Hee University in South Korea. Dotz Nano is in advanced negotiations to sign a full licensing agreement with Kyung Hee University. The present intention is for the agreement to also include an optional exclusive Licensing Rights Agreement for the development and commercialization of GQD Flash Memory devices.

– Dotz Nano Limited has successfully completed a Proof of Concept research study for utilizing their GQDs in Flash Memory

– The collaborative research was performed together with the Department of Applied Physics, College of Applied Science at Kyung Hee University in South Korea

– Dotz Nano Limited is in advanced negotiations for a comprehensive research agreement with Kyung Hee University and optional exclusive Licensing Rights for the development and commercialisation of GQD Flash Memory devices

Initial research conducted by Kyung Hee University and Samsung Electronics Co (KRX:005930) in 2014[1] into the application of GQDs in flash memory was successful, but has not been taken further prior to now. With the introduction of Dotz Nano’s GQDs from coal sources, the program was revisited and replicated with Dotz Nano coal based GQDs. In addition to their fluorescent characteristics, and the attractiveness of GQDs for next-generation electronics and photonics, due to their unique electronic conductivity properties, the low cost of Dotz Nano’s GQDs allows for a more economically feasible device.

The Proof of Concept research was successful in proving that Dotz Nano’s GQDs can be used in Flash Memory devices. In the Proof of Concept research, graphene quantum dots of three different sizes (6, 12, and 27 nm diameters) were prepared between silicon dioxide layers. The study found memory attributes in the dots with the memory properties differing depending on the dots sizes. For instance, while the 12-nm dots exhibit the highest program speed, the 27-nm dots exhibit the highest erase speed, as well as the highest stability. As a flash memory device in their early stages of development, the graphene quantum dot memories demonstrate a promising performance, with an electron density comparable to that of memory devices based on semiconductor and metal nanocrystals.

Today’s commercial flash memories usually store data as an electric charge in polysilicon layers. Because polysilicon is a single continuous material, defects in the material can interfere with the desired charge movement, which can limit data retention and density. The continued miniaturisation of electronics creates challenges for standard flash memory due to possible defects in the material.

To overcome this problem researchers have been working on storing charge in discrete charge traps, such as nanocrystals, or GQDs instead of polysilicon layers. Since discrete charge trap materials have the advantage of preventing unwanted charge movement as a result of their lower sensitivity to local defects, they offer the potential for high-density flash memories.

Commenting on the announcement, Dotz Nano’s CEO Dr Moti Gross, stated: “The use of our GQDs in a variety of sophisticated applications is part of our corporate business strategy. Today, Dotz Nano is concentrating on establishing our immediate revenue base and these external studies and research that we are funding will give Dotz Nano a future boost, where we can achieve a higher value for our shareholders. This specific study, which focuses on the Non-Quantum Yield application will put Dotz Nano in a very interesting position in the memory storage market, which needs more and more stable data memory”.

“The successful completion of the Proof of Concept stage in Flash Memory devices, is just proof, of the myriad of possibilities and uses of GQDs. Dotz Nano will continue to address new applications, thus extending the uses of GQDs in a multitude of applications for future business ventures”.

Following the execution of a licensing agreement with Kyung Hee University, Dotz Nano intends to pursue partnership opportunities with established flash memory producers to manufacture and market GQD based non-volatile flash memory.

The NAND Flash Memory Market:

According to the latest published reports, the non-volatile Flash Memory Market is expected to reach USD 80.54 billion by 2022, at an estimated CAGR of 9.93% between 2016 and 2022. The base year used for this study is 2015 and the forecast period is between 2016 and 2022.

Dotz Nano GQD Applications:

Dotz Nano is focused on utilizing its powerful GQD technology base for a broad range of applications that can be enhanced using GQD characteristics, both fluorescent and electronic. Dotz Nano aims to increase shareholder value through integrating GQDs in all levels of GQD uses, including High Fluorescent Quantum Yields, Low Fluorescent Quantum Yields and No Fluorescent Quantum Yields.

NOTES:

[1] “Graphene Quantum Dot nonvolatile charge trap flash memories”, Nanotechnology (25) 2014

 Dotz Nano Limited (ASX:DTZ) is a technology company focusing on the development, manufacture and Graphene Quantum Dots (GQDs). Its vision is to be the premier producer of GQDs by producing and supplying high quality GQDs for use in various applications including medical imaging, sensing, consumer electronics, energy storage, solar cells and computer storage.

To learn more about Dotz Nano please view the website and our corporate video via the following link: www.dotznano.com

 

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Eurojersey gets graphene boost from Directa Plus

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The companies have jointly developed the first graphene-enhanced textiles for Eurojerseys Sensitive Fabrics brand
The companies have jointly developed the first graphene-enhanced textiles for Eurojersey’s Sensitive Fabrics brand

Graphene-based product supplier Directa Plus and Eurojersey have partnered on the development of the first grahene-enhanced textiles for the Italian knitter’s Sensitive Fabrics brand.

Unveiled at ISPO Munich last month, the highly performant technical fabrics are being targeted at the sportswear, athleisure and underwear sectors.

The smart fabric acts as a filter between the body and the external environment, ensuring an ideal temperature for the wearer. With Graphene Plus (G+), the warmth produced by the body is dispersed in warm climates and preserved and distributed evenly in cold climates. The fabrics, which are treated with G+, and are electrostatic and bacteriostatic, are able to reduce the friction with air and water to enable top sporting performance.

Clothing that incorporates graphene, an innovative nanotech material derived from graphite, is said to significantly improve performance for athletes, professionals and sports enthusiasts.

Meanwhile, Eurojersey’s patented warp knitted Sensitive Fabrics allow the garments to retain their shape, even after frequent use and washing, and feature quick drying properties and lightweight breathability.

“We are delighted to be working with Eurojersey and their Sensitive Fabrics brand with whom we share a commitment to quality, innovation and environmental-sustainability, and we are excited to further develop our joint products and look forward to bringing them to the market,” says Directa Plus CEO Giulio Cesareo. “This collaboration marks another milestone for Directa Plus as we expand our textile offering and reflects the increasing interest that we are receiving in our tailor-made solutions that can significantly improve clothing performance.”

The companies say they are now conducting joint R&D to further develop the prototype textiles into product samples.

“These fabrics are ideal for outfits that pair functionality and aesthetics thanks to the ultrathin layers, the raw-cut edges, and their resistance to pilling and to shrinkage,” adds Andrea Crespi, general manager of Eurojersey. “We believe that these qualities will attract the attention of brands that especially focus on innovation and performance.”

Last week Directa Plus unveiled a second collection of graphene-enhanced sportswear in partnership with sportswear brand Colmar.

Eurojersey meanwhile, revealed a partnership with textile maker Cifra earlier this month, on the development of a range of Hybrid Warp Knit garments for activewear.
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Graphene Supercapacitors by Skeleton Technologies Get European Investment Bank Funding

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An Estonian startup making energy storage technologies received a 15 million-euro ($16 million) loan from the European Investment Bank to finance manufacturing and research and development.

Skeleton Technologies Group makes graphene supercapacitors, which are lightweight electronic components that store and distribute high volumes of power, and can be used to boost the performance of electric vehicles. The loan’s renumeration is based on company performance and doesn’t dilute the holdings of Skeleton’s founders, according to an EIB statement.

The loan helps the company “further invest in R&D, expand production and take the commercialization step,” said EIB investment officer Julie Chevaillier in an e-mail.

Skeleton is already working with the European Space Agency, as well as a number of German carmakers, according to an e-mailed statement, which didn’t identify the manufacturers. In 2011, Tesla Motors Inc.’s founder Elon Musk said he would bet on supercapacitors over batteries to deliver a breakthrough for electric cars.

Skeleton will use part of the money to invest in an electrode mass-production facility in Dresden, Germany, according to the statement.
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Unique properties of 2-D materials and metals grown on carbon-coated surfaces

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Unique properties of 2-D materials and metals grown on carbon-coated surfaces

Credit: Ames Laboratory

Two-dimensional materials are a bit of a mind-bending concept. Humans live in a three-dimensional world, after all, where everything observed in our natural world has height, width, and depth. And yet when graphene—a carbon material unique in its truly flat, one-atom-deep dimension—was first produced in 2004, the mind-bending concept became reality and an unexplored frontier in materials science.

Ames Laboratory scientists Pat Thiel and Michael Tringides are explorers on that frontier, discovering the unique properties of two-dimensional (2-D) materials and metals grown on graphene, graphite, and other carbon coated surfaces.

“Our work is somewhat of a miracle, if scientists can talk about miracles,” said Tringides, who is also a professor of physics at Iowa State University. “Only a few decades ago, no one would have believed that we could see individual atoms, but our capabilities now not only allow us to see them, but manipulate them, like a child building with Lego bricks. We’re able to create these materials from the bottom up, ones that could never happen in nature.”

They’re created in a controlled laboratory setting, in an ultra-high vacuum environment, and investigated with the aid of scanning tunneling microscopy. After heating the substrate to high temperature all impurities and defects are removed. The substrate is cooled and atoms of interest are deposited one by one from specially designed sources. By tuning the temperature and deposition rate, the researchers search for the Goldilocks-like condition: atoms move not too fast and not too slow, so a truly 2-D material forms.

While their research groups create a variety of surface materials in their work, the fabrications methods all have one thing in common: attempting to confine the assembly of the atoms to the 2-D plane. That’s difficult, because it’s counter to what atoms naturally want to do under most conditions, to assemble in three dimensions.

“Atoms are chaotic by nature; we are fighting this randomness in everything we do,” said Tringides. “In our work, atoms are precisely arranged on a highly reactive surface in a vacuum. Every aspect of the environment is controlled. Our work is to fabricate very small, very clean, and very perfect. Working on materials in the nanoscale demands it.”

Learning how these materials behave is paramount. Because 2-D materials are all surface with no bulk, a host of unique nanoscale properties—chemical, magnetic, electronic, optical, and thermal—can be attributed to them.

Unique properties of 2-D materials and metals grown on carbon-coated surfaces

Credit: Ames Laboratory

“There’s a rule book for the properties of bulk, or three-dimensional materials, and it contains big chunks that are universally understood and accepted,” said Thiel, a physical chemist, materials scientist, and Distinguished Professor at Iowa State University. “But the rule book for 2-D materials is largely unwritten. There are lots of things we don’t know. We get lots of surprises, and then we must explain them.”

Writing the rule book to the behavior of these materials is only the first step in a larger goal; creating tunable materials that could be potentially useful in a host of tech applications, including ultrafast microelectronics, catalysis, and spintronics.

It’s the reason that Thiel’s and Tringides’ research has focused upon growing metals on 2-D substrates over the last four years, turning it into a major strength of Ames Laboratory’s materials research.

Graphene has gained much enthusiastic attention in both scientific research and the tech industry because electrons travel very fast along its surface, explained Tringides. But to create functional devices, it necessitates patterns of nanoscale-size metal contacts on its surface, designed specifically for a desired function.

“Whatever material we are trying to create, uniformity of the surface is the key to a functional device, and that is where our ‘perfect’ research comes in. That perfection makes us slow, but it’s a trade-off,” said Tringides. “If we can gain a thorough understanding of how these contacts can be produced under ideal conditions in a controlled environment, then these methods can be optimized eventually for commercial production and use.”

Thiel and Tringides’ most recent success is the intercalation of dysprosium onto graphite layers. Intercalation is the introduction of a material into compounds with layered structures. That’s a real challenge with graphite, since its purely 2-D surface results in “slick” layers with no good way to form bonds between them.

“It’s like a stack of blankets on a bed,” said Thiel. “The blankets themselves are structurally sound, but two blankets stacked on top of each other slide around, slip off the bed, and are easily peeled off in layers.” But the team has recently discovered the conditions under which they can create different types of intercalated metal-and-graphite systems, bonding those sliding blankets of material together two-dimensionally. It’s a promising new way to form a thin coating of a metal protected by a carbon skin, and could lead the way to materials with unique magnetic or catalytic properties.

With such a narrowly focused and highly controlled experimental focus in basic science, it could be tempting to assume that their research, like their experiments, occurs in a vacuum. But Thiel credits the success of at Ames Laboratory to the close collaboration of varied research groups. “Ames Laboratory is a fertile environment for surface science experiments because we have the opportunity to collaborate directly with many scientists in diverse areas of expertise addressing the same problem from a different viewpoint,” said Thiel, including specialists in photonic band gap materials, optical physics, theory, and fabrication. “While that collaboration model has been adopted by other institutions and is the norm now, Ames Lab’s intimate size and community culture really started it all, and our achievements in surface science have benefited greatly from it.”Provided by: Ames Laboratory

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Swinburne celebrates industry-research success in CRC-Projects stream

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Swinburne will expand its industry research activity after the announcement of two new industry-led projects, valued at $3.9 million, in round two of the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) scheme

Swinburne is the sole research provider on the two projects, which are focused on cooperation between industry and research institutions, the development of new technologies and their translation. 

Nationwide, 17 CRC-P projects were funded. 

“Swinburne’s outstanding track record in the second round of the CRC-P demonstrates the strength of our research engagement with industry and our capacity for translational research and innovation,” Professor Aleksandar Subic, Swinburne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Development) says.  

“We are committed to working closely with industry to consolidate our expertise and create outcomes that will contribute substantially to our economy and society.” 

The CRC-P second round funding brings the total value of the research projects to $14.5 million. 

Development of new and unique super high oleic bio-based oil 

The CRC program will provide $3 million in funding for a project that will develop a unique biodegradable and renewable oil, produced from safflower, that has the potential to replace products produced from fossil fuel oils such as lubricants and plastics. 

Known as ‘Super High Oleic Safflower Oil’ or ‘SHOSO’, it is the world’s best plant-derived bio-based oil. SHOSO is also a substitute for other vegetable oil based products. 

Led by Professor Enzo Palombo, Professor Feng Wang and Associate Professor Aimin Yu, Swinburne’s research will focus on producing a commercially viable SHOSO, that manufacturers and producers of lubricants and plastics can utilise. 

The project will be undertaken in partnership with GO Resources Pty Ltd, Kalyx Australia Pty Ltd, The Trustee for Old Paroo Trust, Cargill Australia Ltd, Department of Economic Development Jobs Transport and Resources and Emery Oleochemicals. 

Graphene supply chain certification 

Graphene is the lightest, strongest, most electrically conductive material discovered and is predicted to generate revolutionary new products across all industry sectors. Reliable quality and manufacturing reproducibility remain the major barriers to an industrial graphene market. 

This $943,937 project, led by Swinburne Professor Bronwyn Fox, Professor Baohua Jia and Dr Nishar Hameed, will develop an Australian graphene characterisation and certification capability to underpin graphene product development. 

As a result, it will connect Australian industry with global advanced manufacturing supply chains that use graphene. It will support Imagine Intelligent Materials (Imagine) and their supply chain partners to bring graphene solutions to the global market. It will enable volume manufacturing with graphene by supporting replicability & quality in manufacturing and will connect Australian industry into the development of Industry 4.0 capability internationally. 

The project will be undertaken in partnership with Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Ltd, Agilent Technologies Australia (M) Pty Ltd, Australian Engineering Solutions Pty Ltd, Duromer Products Pty Ltd. 

About the funding 

Funding under the Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) initiative supports short-term industry-led collaborations to solve industry problems and deliver tangible outcomes.

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Directa Plus and Colmar launch second graphene-enhanced sportswear collection

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Colmar Technologic G+ ski jacket. © Directa Plus

9th February 2017, Lomazzo

Colmar, the high-end sportswear company, has launched a new collection of ski jackets containing the graphene-based products by Directa Plus, a producer and supplier of graphene-based products for use in consumer and industrial markets.

Unveiled at ISPO Munich, which concluded this week, the new Technologic G+ ski jacket has also been selected as a Gold Winner in the Ski category at the event. This is the second Colmar collection to contain Graphene Plus (G+) and follows the ski-suit of the first capsule collection being worn by the French national ski team for multiple successful tournaments.

Colmar Technologic G+ ski jacket. © Directa Plus

“Following the sporting and commercial success of the first Colmar collection enhanced by our Graphene Plus, the launch of this new range of ski jackets validates the strengths of our solutions and our ability to work with our customers to ensure that the incorporation of our graphene-based products enables them to improve and differentiate their end products,” commented Giulio Cesareo, CEO of Directa Plus.

New collection

The new collection consists of three ski jackets that have been designed by enhancing some of Colmar’s most successful ski jacket styles, reflecting Colmar’s established fashion heritage, with the inclusion of Directa Plus’ G+ graphene technology.

According to the company, its ability to supply tailor-made graphene-based products has enabled the incorporation of G+ with different textiles in each jacket based on the requirement of the particular garment:

  • the Technologic G+ jacket, based on the classic 1990s design, is padded with wadding printed with G+
  • the Bormio G+ jacket, based on a design originally created for the 1985 Ski World Cup in Bormio, has an outer shell made with a membrane containing G+
  • the Guaina Zeno G+ jacket, based on a design created for the Italian ski champion Zeno Colò in the 1950s, has a G+ lining

Key benefits

The key benefit of incorporating G+ is that it enables the fabric to act as a filter between the body and the external environment, thereby ensuring the ideal temperature for the wearer, the manufacturer explains. Due to the thermal conductive properties of graphene, the warmth produced by the human body is preserved and distributed evenly in cold climates, yet dispersed in warm climates, and allows an even body temperature during physical activity.

Fabrics treated with Graphene Plus are also said to be electrostatic and bacteriostatic. If placed on the outside of the garment, such as with the ski suit worn by the French national ski team, G+ reduces the friction with air and water to enable top sporting performance, the company reports. In addition, Directa Plus’ production process is chemical-free and its graphene-based products have been independently certified as non-toxic and non-cytotoxic.

Gold Winner

In recognition of these strengths, the Technologic G+ jacket was selected as a Gold Winner in the Ski category at ISPO Munich, an international multi-segment exhibition for sports businesses, which each year honours exceptional sporting goods. A jury consisting of independent sports business professionals evaluates several hundred entries – also from non-exhibitors – following clearly defined criteria.

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Talga appoints Orbital Corp boss as chairman

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Graphite and graphene player Talga Resources has appointed Orbital Corporation boss Terry Stinson as its new chairman.

Mr Stinson replaces retiring chairman Keith Coughlan, who will be retained by the company as a consultant. Talga holds graphite projects in Sweden and is investigating the potential to produce graphene (one-atom thick sheets of graphite) commercially. Graphene is used as a strengthening agent in a range of high-tech applications.

Talga’s commercialisation strategy is focused on targeting a small number of value-added graphene products to complement its ability to supply raw graphene and graphite materials. Managing director Mark Thompson said Mr Stinson had an outstanding commercial pedigree in achieving major international contractual outcomes for new technologies across the automotive, aerospace, defence, maritime, industrial products, mining and manufacturing sectors, including strategic licencing and intellectual property agreements.

“His experience will be invaluable in guiding Talga’s transition through 2017 from product developer to global supply chain player,” he said. “His appointment is very timely as he brings to Talga a very unique set of commercial skills and negotiating experiences over complex transactions that will be similar to the contractual path Talga is likely to take to bring its development successes to market.

“We also welcome Mr Stinson’s respected hands-on and collaborative approach to help drive Talga through the next critical steps in its development.” Besides his experience with Orbital, Mr Stinson has also worked in senior positions with Siemens, Outboard Marine Corporation and Synerject.

Most recently at Orbital, his efforts have been focused on developing and commercialising the company’s drone engine and propulsion systems. Talga shares closed down four cents, or 9.52 per cent, at 38 cents while Orbital shares were steady at 83 cents.

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