Graphene strengthens composites in trials with Fremantle boat builder

ASX-listed First Graphene has announced a successful trial of graphene powders incorporated into composite construction materials with collaborator Ascent Shipwrights.   According to the Perth-based graphene supplier, initial test work incorporating different proportions of graphene at 0.25, 0.5 and 1 per cent into a fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) laminate showed improvements in ultimate flexural strength.  …

Small world: atom-scale materials are the next tech frontier

By Baohua Jia, Professor, Swinburne University of Technology Every age in the history of human civilisation has a signature material, from the Stone Age, to the Bronze and Iron Ages. We might even call today’s information-driven society the Silicon Age. Since the 1960s, silicon nanostructures, the building-blocks of microchips, have supercharged the development of electronics, communications,…

Supply deal brings Australian-made, graphene-enhanced footwear closer to reality

Two WA companies, First Graphene (ASX: FGR) and boot-maker Steel Blue, announced a 24-month supply agreement, with graphene additives to enhance an upcoming release of safety boots.   This nanomaterial will be incorporated in boot components, including a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) sole. Graphene is a single layer of hexagonally-arranged carbon atoms, first successfully created in…

Graphene set to change the future, but Australian commercialisation needs incentivisation

The nanomaterial graphene holds vast industrial possibilities, but more incentives are needed to commercialise world-leading Australian research, the Graphene + Enabled Smart Cities Conference heard yesterday. Chair of the Australian Graphene Industry Association Chris Gilbey said in his opening remarks at yesterday’s event that graphene was a critical ingredient in the “smart cities” of the…

Member viewpoint: Chris Gilbey on the magic that is graphene

Viewpoint by Australian Manufacturing Forum member, Chris Gilbey We have several problems in this country. And manufacturing isn’t one of them. One part of the problem is that people generally assume that manufacturing doesn’t exist in Australia. Since you are reading @AuManufacturing and likely a member of the manufacturing Forum, I think it is fair…