Graphene 3D Lab Inc., who had launched their Conductive Graphene Filament back in March this year, are now filing a non-provisional patent for a graphene manufacturing process.
The patent describes the process of preparing and separating atomic layers of graphene. This technology represents a new and more energy efficient process to manufacture, sort and classify graphene nanoparticles for large scale production of graphene. It specifically covers a non-chemically invasive process to prepare and separate high quality, low atomic layers of graphene nanoplatelets (GNP).
“The business implications associated with this filing are significant and near term. The extraordinary qualities of graphene has positioned it as one of the most sought after materials in research and development since its discovery in 2004,” said Elena Polyakova, Co-Chief Executive Officer. “However up to now, the high-cost of quality material has generally restricted its use to R&D labs. We are changing that and look forward to offering these benefits to our client base and to others who will now utilize graphene into mainstream manufacturing”.
Graphene 3D Lab was the first company to offer graphene material for 3D printing applications. Some of the company’s notable clients are NASA, Ford Motor Co., GE, Apple, Xerox, Samsung, Harvard University, IBM and Stanford University.
To date, manufacture of graphene has been restricted to manual intensive, high-energy, toxic chemical processes to allow for the production of the highest quality graphene. The Graphene 3D patent intends a low-cost, low-energy, primarily automated, toxic free method of producing and classifying the highest purity graphene nanoplatelets.
“Accompanying our patent application, the Company has produced a bench-top working prototype of our manufacturing and classification technology,” added Daniel Stolyarov Co-Chief Executive Office. “Over the next 12 months we intend to manufacture and put in place a scaled-up operation. We expect our unique combination of high-quality, low-cost graphene will significantly impact the commercial marketplace, and will allow an ever widening variety of manufactures to consider incorporating the extraordinary qualities of graphene in wide range of materials from batteries to consumer electronics to plastics.”
According to the American Physical Society, graphene is a “wonder material’ with a vast array of groundbreaking properties including, the highest strength of any isolated material, extraordinary conductivity, flexibility and transparency. In its most pure form, graphene is a single-layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice. Properties of graphene improve when the material is present in the least number of atomic layers.