U.K. Materials Producer Joins U.S. Graphene Industry Council

Specialty graphene materials producer Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) (Cleveland, United Kingdom) was recently appointed to the Industry Council of the National Graphene Association (NGA) (Oxford, Mississippi, USA), which serves as the main U.S. organization and body advocating for and promoting the commercialization of graphene.

The council is an exclusive, invitation-only membership that is available to a select group of influential graphene companies positioned to assume leading roles in the development of the global graphene market and advancing its commercialization.

“We are delighted to have AGM as a part of [the council], which is positioned to drive the graphene industry forward,” says Zina Jarrahi Cinker, executive director at the NGA. “As an international leader and through this partnership, AGM will work with NGA on the development of international standards and overcoming challenges of mass-scale adoption of graphene in different industrial segments such as composites and coatings.”

According to the company, AGM works in partnership with its customers to provide bespoke graphene dispersions and formats to deliver enhancements for many applications. The group’s strategy is to target commercial applications in three core markets: coatings, composites, and functional materials. 

“We are extremely pleased to take the opportunity to join the NGA’s Industry Council in its important work, which will support the graphene industry in realizing its enormous potential,” says Adrian Potts, CEO of AGM. “While recognition of graphene’s unparalleled combination of properties continues to grow, one of the challenges for large-scale commercialization has been the diversity of graphene being produced by organizations across the world.”

The producer’s proprietary bottom-up processes produce high-purity graphene nanoplatelets. Based on sustainable, readily available raw materials, the manufacturing process does not rely on the supply of graphite. AGM also owns the intellectual property and know-how behind its production and dispersion processes.

The company says it plans to work closely with other council members to guide the NGA in the establishment of industry standards, specifications, and policies that leverage the advantages of graphene in various industry segments.

“By establishing standards, we hope to accelerate the acceptance and widescale adoption of graphene in a range of global industries,” Potts says. “This will include the high-potential paints, coatings, and composites industries, where the properties of AGM’s graphene application technology can offer outstanding enhancements and where we are already gaining strong commercial traction.”

Source: AGM, www.appliedgraphenematerials.com.