First Graphite Limited (FGR) is involved with three leading Australian universities working to develop graphene products and associated intellectual property.
University of Adelaide
At the University of Adelaide FGR is a founding partner in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub for Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation which is funded by the Australian Government, through the ARC’s Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme.
It is working on three streams of development, namely;
- Fire Retardants – This is an extremely exciting project area with a product that is ready for development and testing to international standards.
- Conductive Coatings and Films – Previous research conducted by UoA and FGR has shown FGR graphene to have superior conductivity when compared to other flake and rGO. With the development of Graphene Polymer Composites - FGR has a number of international industrial parties testing the use of our graphene in polymers. This Node will provide high level testing and development of polymer blends which meet industry requirements.
- Building Materials - which will cover cement, cement fibre, particle and chip board and laminated boards. We will be specifically looking to improve the performance of these products. For example, with cement we already know the addition of graphene can be used to improve the Unconfined Compressive Strength – or UCS, tensile strength and permeability. And remember, after water, concrete is the most consumed product in the world, with in excess of 20 billion tonnes consumed per annum!
At Flinders University FGR is in a strategic partnership to develop and commercialise graphene manufacturing technology using a Vortex Fluidic Device (VFD) and a Turbo Thin Film Device (T2FD).
Both these technologies have the potential to significantly enhance the following areas;
- Be a delivery device for the dispersion and functionalisation of graphene powders into the client’s production stream.
- Further enhance the graphene produced from the FGR production process as required.
- Produce graphene and Graphene Oxide (GO) using water as the solvent.
- Creation of other carbon Nano products.
Swinburne University of TechnologyAt Swinburne University of Technology FGR is working on the development of the BEST Battery, a project with impressive performance compared with existing supercapacitors and based on patent pending technology developed by Swinburne.