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  • Sodium-ion batteries next to the periodic symbol for sodium.

    Improving sodium-ion batteries with graphene

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 9, 2024

    Researchers find way to make crack-free nanocellular graphene to upgrade low-cost sodium-ion energy storage systems. Looking to solve a critical failure during the manufacture of nanocellular graphene, researchers from Tohoku University in Japan have discovered that by using this specialized form of graphene in a dealloying process effectively "heals" the cracks formed during its making. Ever since its discovery in 2004, graphene has been revolutionizing the field of... Full story

  • Image of hexagonal graphene lattice drawn on graph paper with graphite pencil.

    Turning Alaska graphite into graphene

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 4, 2023

    Seeking a domestic source of quality graphite that it can transform into the super 2D material known as graphene, Vorbeck Materials Corp. is teaming up with Graphite One Inc., a company developing an all-American graphite supply chain that will begin at the world-class Graphite Creek Mine in Alaska. "Vorbeck Materials is excited to team with Graphite One to meet unique defense and commercial requirements with Graphite One's high-grade, U.S.-sourced graphite for advanced... Full story

  • A front view of the new all-electric Ram 1550 pickup produced by Stellantis.

    Stellantis invests in next-gen Lyten tech

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 9, 2023

    Stellantis Ventures has invested in accelerating the development and commercialization of Lyten's various 3D Graphene applications for the mobility industry, including the LytCell lithium-sulfur electric vehicle battery, lightweight composites, and groundbreaking onboard sensors. "We are delighted that Stellantis Ventures, as the venture investment arm of a global automotive innovator, has demonstrated a strong belief in our company and our Lyten 3D Graphene decarbonizing...

  • Metallic rending of the hexagonal pattern of the 2D carbon known as graphene.

    Graphene hits high in LiO2 battery tests

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 7, 2023

    HydroGraph Clean Power Inc., a manufacturer of high-quality nanomaterials, has cleared a new milestone in the field of energy storage, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage. HydroGraph reported May 24 that its graphene surpassed the performance of the leading cathode carbon materials in a lithium-oxygen battery test. Lithium-oxygen, Li-O2, batteries have emerged as one of the world's most promising energy...

  • A 3D rendering of interconnected atoms that could function like graphene.

    Twisted graphene smooths quantum tech

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 15, 2022

    Researchers postulate graphene can be transistor, superconductor simultaneously. With the breakthroughs in quantum technologies that graphene has enabled, among countless other discoveries this physics-bending 2D carbon has warranted, researchers need only find the right pattern to truly unlock the potential of this miracle material. Supported by the landmark discovery of "twisted graphene," scientists at ETH Zurich Laboratory for Solid State Physics have added yet another...

  • Left shows the prototype Thermal Camouflage Jacket. Right shows it in use.

    Prototype invisibility cloak by Vollebak

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 18, 2022

    Techno-clothing company utilizes graphene to make jacket invisible to infrared cameras. Thanks to the "wonder material" graphene, the invisibility cloak often seen in fantasy and science fiction will likely soon be a thing of reality, as Vollebak unveils the world's first thermal camouflage jacket that brings us one step closer to disappearing into thin air. Home to the initial discovery of graphene and two researchers that won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their pioneering...

  • A 3D rendering showing Cooper pairs with offset rows of graphene.

    Physics' newest twisted graphene family

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 19, 2022

    Just when you would think graphene could not possibly be more amazing than it already is, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology prove that to be furthest from the truth, discovering that if two or more graphene layers are stacked at an offset angle, the conductive properties of graphene become superconductive. Initially discovered in 2018, the MIT researchers recently published a new finding in Nature Materials that if you just keep stacking graphene with a...

  • A 3D image of the hexagonal pattern of the 2D wonder material, graphene.

    HydroGraph opens Kansas graphene plant

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    HydroGraph Clean Power Inc., a commercial manufacturer of high-quality nanomaterials and alternative-energy fuels, reported June 23 the opening of a 13,000-square-foot manufacturing facility for graphene and other products in Manhattan, Kansas. Using its patented Hyperion detonation process, the company intends to produce high-quality graphene in what it describes as a low-cost and environmentally friendly manner due to low energy consumption and the absence of emissions.... Full story

  • Rice University graphene production sound Li brothers audio frequency data

    Brothers discover the sound of graphene

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Two brothers in a Rice University laboratory noticed a fascinating result during the production of the miracle material graphene that could potentially change the way it is manufactured – by listening to the sound it makes. The brothers, John Li, a Rice alumnus now studying at Stanford University, and Victor Li, then a high school student in New York and now a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, are co-lead authors of a paper that describes real-time a...

  • graphene Purdue breakthrough topological circulator fiber-optics edge circuits

    Graphene enables lightspeed circuitry

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    In a recent breakthrough by Purdue University, researchers have devised a method utilizing the remarkable properties of graphene to support unidirectional electromagnetic waves on its edge, more simply, a new form of potentially lightspeed communications. The topological circulators developed by Purdue scientists are the smallest one-way routers of signals in the world and could be a breakthrough for on-chip, all-optical processing. Circulators themselves are a fundamental...

  • graphene Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT wonder material 2D

    Scientists report graphene breakthroughs

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    The explosion of scientific research into the properties and potential benefits of graphene since the material was first identified nearly two decades ago continues to yield substantial results. Ultrathin materials made of a single layer of atoms have riveted scientists' attention since the isolation of graphene. Among the exciting advances made by researchers since that time include the discovery that stacking individual sheets of the carbon-based 2D materials and sometimes...

  • sodium-ion battery graphene Chalmers University Sweden lithium-ion Janus

    Graphene boosts sodium-ion battery 10x

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have recently devised a method of using a novel form of the wonder material graphene in sodium-ion batteries, increasing their sustainability and capability, tenfold. Much like today's lithium-ion, sodium-ion batteries function by generating power by shuttling ions between a pair of electrodes in a liquid electrolyte, yet their performance has always left something to be desired. Part of their limitation is due to...

  • perfect graphene Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials graphene

    Korean lab develops near-perfect graphene

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    A team at the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials within the Institute for Basic Science in South Korea, including students at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, have achieved growth and characterization of large area, single-crystal graphene that has no wrinkles, folds or absorption layers. This could be said to be the most perfect graphene that has been grown and characterized, to date. "This pioneering breakthrough was due to many contributing...

  • graphene cybersecurity Pennsylvania State University PUF cryptographic keys

    Graphene makes cybersecurity more secure

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    In the world of cybersecurity, innovations that offer robust protection of private data from ill-intentioned people are becoming more crucial. Now, researchers at Pennsylvania State University have leveraged graphene's unique properties to design a way to make encryption harder to crack. Current silicon-based technologies exploit microscopic differences between computing components to create secure keys. However, artificial intelligence can predict these keys, thereby gaining... Full story

  • graphene aluminum-ion battery GMG University of Queensland Australia Uniquest

    Graphene aluminum battery may be here

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Graphene Manufacturing Group Ltd. has entered into a research agreement with scientists at University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, and the university's commercialization company Uniquest, to unlock the potential of graphene aluminum-ion batteries. Unlike typical lithium-ion, graphene aluminum-ion batteries could potentially have up to three times longer life while also being capable of up to 70 times faster charging, and... Full story

  • ZEN Graphene Health Canada Trebor Rx graphene masks antibacterial

    ZEN supports Canada graphene mask recall

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. said it supports Health Canada's recent precautionary recall of face masks that contain graphene, a 2D material that has been proven highly effective at killing viruses, bacteria, and fungi responsible for a broad range of diseases. Health Canada recently issued an advisory warning that inhaling graphene particles from treated face masks may pose health risks. "Until the department completes a thorough scientific assessment and has established the s...

  • University of Sussex graphene nanomaterials 2D origami smallest microchip

    Nano-origami used for smallest microchip

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Physicists at the University of Sussex have combined the properties of the modern 2D material, graphene, with the ancient art of paperfolding, origami, to create the tiniest microchips to date. The researchers have utilized the nanomaterial to behave like a transistor by creating kinks and folds in the structure of graphene. When done, a strip of graphene crinkled in a particular fashion, behaves like a microchip, and is around 100 times smaller than conventional microchips....

  • Zen Graphene Solutions Ltd. Greg Fenton Dr. Tony Mazzulli University of Toronto

    Graphene may treat spectrum of disease

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Graphene has emerged as a powerful antimicrobial that can prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses when added to masks, paints, sports gear, and other products. Now, initial tests by a leading infectious disease specialist in Canada indicate that a graphene-based compound may be able to treat a broad spectrum of pathogens that make it past the first lines of defense and into the human body. This graphene-based antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal compound developed by... Full story

  • ShAPE needs six pounds graphene for 1 million lb of high efficiency copper

    Graphene enhanced copper offers EV edge

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Working with General Motors, researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have discovered that a tiny bit of graphene can increase the conductivity of copper wire by 5%. "That may seem like a small amount, but it can make a big difference in motor efficiency," the Washington state lab penned in an article on the findings. "Higher conductivity also means that less copper is needed for the same efficiency, which can reduce the weight and volume of various components...

  • Laser graphene virucidal face mask coronavirus covid 19 protection

    Antibacterial graphene masks from CityU

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Scientists in Italy, United Kingdom, Canada, and now Hong Kong are researching graphene-enhanced masks ability to kill viruses and bacteria, further increasing the face covering's effectiveness in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other disease. While face masks made from cloth and other materials provide varying levels of protection against the direct transmission of COVID-19, the virus can live on the surface of most mask materials for up to several days. This poses a ri... Full story

  • Graphene Leaders Canada rapid novel coronavirus Covid saliva test

    Graphene enables rapid COVID-19 testing

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    An easily administered COVID-19 test that delivers accurate results nearly instantaneously would be a game-changing technology that could slow the spread of the virus as governments look to re-open economies. One Canada-based technology company says it has developed such a test, thanks to the special properties of graphene. Consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arrange in a hexagonal lattice, graphene is a two-dimensional material that is highly conductive with other...

  • Antiviral antimicrobial graphene paints coatings GrapheneCA Covid 19

    Virus killing paint business opportunity

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    GrapheneCA is looking for entrepreneurs who want to get into the business of painting high-risk public surfaces with the New York-based company's tested and certified antibacterial and antiviral coatings. Graphene, a material made from a single layer of carbon atoms linked in a hexagonal pattern, has been hailed as miracle material for its immense strength and high conductivity. This 2D material has also been proven to upset the function of the membranes of bacteria and...

  • graphene ZENGuard antimicrobial masks COVID-19 coronavirus Health Canada

    Health Canada okays ZEN Graphene masks

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 5, 2021

    One year after unveiling a graphene-based coating that is 99% effective at killing the virus responsible for COVID-19 when applied to face masks and other personal protective equipment, ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. has received Health Canada approval of its ZENGuard disposable face mask treated with this pathogen-fighting coating. "Exactly one year ago today we announced the scientific breakthrough related to our antimicrobial coating – and now seeing proactive affirmation f... Full story

  • Nanotech Energy graphene battery mass production non-flammable funding

    Graphene battery company raises $64M

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 31, 2021

    Graphene manufacturer and producer of graphene-based batteries Nanotech Energy Inc. reported Aug. 10 it had raised $64 million in funding to be used toward the development of a high-volume graphene manufacturing facility in Reno, Nevada, as well as a potential new headquarters in Amsterdam. Founded in 2015, Nanotech has been researching and developing scalable graphene production and graphene batteries for many years, holding one of the earliest patents for the 2D material... Full story

  • Graphene enhanced Directa Plus antiviral covid 19 coronavirus masks

    Graphene Plus infused masks kill COVID

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 2, 2020

    Italy-based Directa Plus says the coronavirus killing properties of its graphene-enhanced COVID-19 masks have been confirmed by scientists in Rome. Already independently certified as antiviral by ISO, an international standard-setting organization based in Switzerland, a mask with the company's Graphene Plus, or G+, antiviral graphene has been on sale since June. "Most of the other masks are currently not able to inactivate the virus but they are able to just decrease the... Full story

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