Perth new materials manufacturer First Graphene (ASX: FGR) has taken regulatory action to sell its PureGRAPHENE material in Australia.
The company has applied to have PureGRAPH assessed by The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS).
This is a precursor to having the carbon based nanomaterial listed on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS), allowing it to be sold in Australia.
The company said in a statement that it has provided information on chemical characterisation, toxicology and environmental matters.
Managing director, Craig McGuckin said the company believed it was the first to seek listing of graphene as a nano-material.
He said: “This is another step forward in the growth of our graphene business in Australia.
“It demonstrates our position as a leading ethical supplier of tonnage quantities of high-quality graphene products.”
Graphene is a super strong, super conductive, and flexible material made from layers of carbon atoms.
First Graphene has acquired mining licences for high-grade graphite deposits in Sri Lanka, and set up a bulk manufacturing facility at Henderson, south of Perth, capable of producing 25 tonnes of graphene a year.
The company also has research underway at three universities – on batteries with Swinburne University , on fire retardants with Adelaide University, and on advanced products with Flinders University.
Picture: First Graphene/Ed Husic MP visits First Graphene production facility
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