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Gratomic $GRAT.ca – Gratomic Receives First Two Purchase Orders For Pre-Graphene Graphite From TODAQ $GRAT.ca $SRG.ca $NGC.ca $LLG.ca $GPH.ca $NOU.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 8:29 AM on Friday, December 20th, 2019
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  • First of two monthly graphite purchase orders to the value of US$ 6 Million as part of an aggregate US$25,000,000 deal spanning over 39 months payable in Toda Notes (“TDN”)
  • The deal between TODAQ and Gratomic Inc. is powered by the TDN digital asset
  • Graphite to sit in TDN reserve backstop to underpin the true value of the digital asset

Gratomic Inc. (“Gratomic” or the “Company”) (TSX-V:GRAT)(FRANKFURT:CB81) a vertically integrated graphite to graphenes, advanced materials development company announces it has received its first two purchase orders for a total of USD 6 Million following a previously announced supply agreement on October 17, 2019 (https://gratomic.ca/gratomic-signs-deal-to-supply-graphite-to-todaq/) for an aggregate of USD $25,000,000 of graphite in an all-digital-asset deal from TODAQ STAR Program Phase 1 Corp, a subsidiary of TODAQ Holdings. The purchase orders are each for 600 tonnes of graphite valued at USD $6,000,000 solely payable in TDN at a price of USD$0.10 per TDN for an aggregate of TDN 60,000,000 that is to be delivered within 90 days.

Subsequent to the success of the initial delivery, TODAQ will place one additional order of 600 tonnes of graphite with 30 day intervals bringing the total to 1800 tonnes of graphite for USD $9,000,000 in consideration for the issuance of an aggregate of 90 million TDN. Thereafter, TODAQ will place orders on a monthly basis with the value of USD $484,848.49 based on both the purchase price for graphite and the exchange between USD and TDN applicable at the time over a period of 39 months.

The agreement marks the first steps towards a significant journey for Sovereignty Tech pioneer TODAQ, with a strategic intention towards both building its TDN rewards program and allowing cryptographic ownership of commodities so that all business, people and markets can transact quickly with security and long-term stability. Furthermore, the graphite will sit in the TDN reserve backstop as part of a diverse set of commodities to underpin the true value of deployed TDN with physical substance and utility.

No mineral resources, let alone mineral reserves demonstrating economic viability and technical feasibility, have been delineated on the Aukam Property. The Company is not in a position to demonstrate or disclose any capital and/or operating costs that may be associated with satisfying the terms of the Todaq Supply Agreement.

Gratomic wishes to emphasize that Supply Agreement is conditional on Gratomic being able to bring the Aukam project into a production phase, and for any graphite being produced to meet certain technical and mineralization requirements.

Gratomic continues to move its business towards production and as part of its business plan, expects to obtain a National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects technical report to help it ascertain the economics of Aukam. Presently the Company uses its existing pilot processing facility to produce certain amounts of graphite concentrate from accumulated surface graphite.

Risk Factors

The Company advises that it has not based its production decision on even the existence of mineral resources let alone on a feasibility study of mineral reserves, demonstrating economic and technical viability, and, as a result, there may be an increased uncertainty of achieving any particular level of recovery of minerals or the cost of such recovery, including increased risks associated with developing a commercially mineable deposit.

The Supply Agreement provides that if Gratomic is unable to deliver graphite in accordance with the orders from Todaq, Todaq has the right to refuse to take any subsequent attempt to fulfil the order, terminate the agreement immediately, obtain substitute product from another supplier and recover from the Company any costs and expenses incurred in obtaining such substitute product or suing for damages under the contract.

Historically, such projects have a much higher risk of economic and technical failure. There is no guarantee that production will begin as anticipated or at all or that anticipated production costs will be achieved.

Failure to commence production would have a material adverse impact on the Company’s ability to generate revenue and cash flow to fund operations. Failure to achieve the anticipated production costs would have a material adverse impact on the Company’s cash flow and future profitability.

Steve Gray, P.Geo. has reviewed, prepared and approved the scientific and technical information in this press release and is Gratomic Inc’s “Qualified Person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

About TODAQ

TODAQ serves businesses, financial institutions and governments, offering a true digital asset ownership management platform for secure and efficient settlement. Leveraging the TODA protocol, each asset maintains an immutable, sovereign record of ownership. TODAQ aims to enhance the right of ownership over digital assets through the use of cryptographic and legal techniques to replace intermediaries. In 2019, TODAQ officially launched the TODA Note (TDN) as a fungible digital payment and loyalty asset. To learn more about TODAQ and TDN, please visit https://todaq.net and https://tdn.network, questions should be directed to [email protected].

About Gratomic Inc.

Gratomic is an advanced materials company focused on mine to market commercialization of graphite products most notably high value graphene based components for a range of mass market products. Gratomic is collaborating with a leading European manufacturer of graphenes to use Aukam graphite to manufacture graphene products for commercialization on an industrial scale. The company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol GRAT.

For more information: visit the website at www.gratomic.ca or contact:

Arno Brand, Co-CEO, +1 416-561-4095

E-mail inquiries: [email protected]

CLIENT FEATURE: Gratomic $GRAT.ca – Creating the Graphene Tire Market $GRAT.ca $SRG.ca $NGC.ca $LLG.ca $GPH.ca $NOU.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 2:47 PM on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019
  • The global tire market acknowledges that employing graphenes within tire treads, walls and the inner linings can make tires lighter, provide better grip and reduce rolling resistance to an extent that is not possible with existing tire compounds
  • Key to the ability for Gratomic to establish the first mass-market Mine to Graphene to Tire, is the production of large quantities of graphenes nano surface modified to enhance tire performance
  • Gratomic is developing and commercializing its Graphene Processing capacity in Wales through its partnership with Perpetuus carbon technologies and prepared an additional 2 tonnes of Graphite concentrate for converting into high quality Graphenes targeted for the use and development of several high value Graphene applications.

Tire Outperformance Categories:

 Rolling resistance

 Braking/grip on wet and ice roads

 Abrasion resistance

Tires, enhanced with surface engineered graphenes, produced a greater than 30% increase in wear resistance over the competing Brand Tires, equating to an additional +30% mileage before the tire was needed to be replaced.

Furthermore, the results of testing carried out by industry experts employing industry standard dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) showed a significant improvement in rolling resistance, which indicated a greater than 30% improvement in fuel economy (increased MPG).

Results showed a greater than a 40% improvement in both wet and ice braking.

About Gratomic Inc.

Gratomic is an advanced material company focused on mine to market commercialization of graphite products, most notably high-value graphene-based components for a range of mass market products.

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Gratomic $GRAT.ca – Why The Hype About Graphene? $SRG.ca $NGC.ca $LLG.ca $GPH.ca $NOU.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 9:22 AM on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

SPONSOR: Gratomic Inc. (TSX-V: GRAT) Advanced materials company focused on mine to market commercialization of graphite products, most notably high value graphene based components for a range of mass market products. Collaborating with Perpetuus, Gratomic will use Aukam graphite to manufacture graphene products for commercialization on an industrial scale. For More Info Click Here

  • Graphene is the lightest, strongest and most electrically conductive substance on Earth
  • It has many uses in building materials, military equipment and smart technology
  • The Graphene+ 2019 conference at Swinburne will discuss cost-effective and sustainable solutions to industry problems using graphene
Professor Bronwyn Fox will chair a session on the impact of smart factories on jobs and graphene supply chains at the Graphene+ conference held at Swinburne.

Graphene is one of the most innovative materials to be developed and utilised this century.

Researchers at Swinburne have been heavily involved in its development, innovation and commercialisation. Later this month, the university will once again host the annual Graphene+ conference, bringing together industry leaders and academics to discuss the role graphene will play in the future of manufacturing and infrastructure.

What is graphene?

Graphene is both the lightest and strongest material known to man.  It is a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb-like structure and is the most electrically conductive substance on Earth.

It was discovered in 2004 by an unusual technique. Researchers from the University of Manchester in the UK used sticky tape to peel flakes from a lump of graphite, separating the layers until they were just one atom thick.

Graphene has proven highly versatile and has been used for building materials, military equipment, solar cells and smart devices.

Swinburne’s graphene ‘hub’

As part of the Graphene Supply Chain Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P), Swinburne is working with industry partner Imagine Intelligent Materials to develop graphene to meet strict quality assurances and to be used in large-scale manufacturing. It is also working to establish industry partnerships.

The material is also a key focus of the Next Generation Materials program, led by Professor Baohua Jia at Swinburne’s Manufacturing Future Research Institute (MFRI).

Director of the Manufacturing Future Research Institute, Professor Bronwyn Fox, says Swinburne researchers are working to establish standard knowledge and procedures for investors and suppliers of graphene.

“In the supply chain certification lab, we are developing the research to understand the relationship between the structure and performance of graphene so that industry can have security of supply, ensure successful applications and strengthen future investments in the technologies that utilise this material.”

Swinburne researchers have analysed the complete graphene supply chain – from production to industry practice. They have investigated graphene’s properties and tested its ability to combine with other materials in engineering developments, as well its potential to be used as a thin, protective coating. 

Graphene+ 2019

The use of graphene in the development of smart cities will be high on the agenda at the 2019 Graphene+ conference.

Other topics to be discussed include:

  • Upgrading sensing equipment for the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Creating stronger, lightweight architectural structures using the latest in robotics technology
  • Commercialisation of one-step water purification systems to make drinking water universally available
  • Enhancing the harnessing and conserving of energy
  • Jobs of the future – how will graphene change the industry?

Researchers will share knowledge and discuss the potential of advanced, sustainable and cost-effective technologies, contributing to the establishment of cities that thrive on smart devices and infrastructure.

Professor Fox will also chair a session on the impact of smart factories on jobs and graphene supply chains.

“We are fortunate to have some world-leading local and international speakers. The discussions will give us a glimpse of what the future might look like with graphene at the forefront of technology.”

Source: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/news/latest-news/2019/11/why-the-hype-about-graphene.php

Gratomic $GRAT.ca -Surface Modified Graphenes Tires Outperform Globally Recognised Premium Tire Brands $SRG.ca $NGC.ca $LLG.ca $GPH.ca $NOU.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 8:50 AM on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

TORONTO, Oct. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Gratomic Inc. (“Gratomic” or the “Company”) (GRAT:TSXV) (CB81:FRA; WKN:A143MR) a vertically integrated graphite to graphenes, advanced materials development company announces the receipt of positive results from extensive testing of its graphene enhanced tires, versus globally recognized, premium brand tires. The Company believes these results represent a breakthrough in tire technology that warrants deployment into the global tire market.

Outperformance Categories: Rolling resistance, Braking/grip on wet and ice roads, and Abrasion resistance

THE TESTING PROGRAM

The 18 month development program included a 6-month terrain test in which graphenes enhanced tires (“Gratomic Tires”) and premium tires from a globally recognized ‘household name’ brand (“Brand Tires”) were fitted to high mileage, commercial light vehicles, which primarily travelled on A and B roads within the UK. Performance of the tires was data logged throughout the entire test period.

THE RESULTS

The results of the road test concluded the Gratomic Tires, enhanced with surface engineered graphenes, produced a greater than 30% increase in wear resistance over the competing Brand Tires, equating to an additional +30% mileage before the tire was needed to be replaced.

Furthermore, the results of testing carried out by industry experts employing industry standard dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) showed a significant improvement in rolling resistance, which indicated a greater than 30% improvement in fuel economy (increased MPG).

Finally, the results showed a greater than a 40% improvement in both wet and ice braking.

“The initial 6-month competitive terrain testing program has demonstrated the economic benefits and advantages of including Gratomic’s graphite surface modified graphene fillers within tire elastomers,” said Ian Walters, COO Director of Perpetuus Carbon Technology (“Perpetuus”). Mr. Walters went on to say, “The Gratomic tires provided significantly improved performance when compared not only to mass market tires but also premium brand tires. I can confirm that Perpetuus scientists supervised all independent third-party industry expert performance analysis and also the data logged road testing exercise.”

MARKET IMPLICATIONS

“We see these results as a breakthrough in tire technology and safety. We look forward to deploying nano-engineered graphenes enhanced passenger and light commercial tires into the global tire market,” said Gratomic Chairman and Co-CEO, Sheldon Inwentash.

Mr. Ricketts, proprietor of the test vehicles stated, “We have a fleet of vans delivering parts, 6 days a week, in all weathers and on all types of roads. The data collected during the exercise surpassed our expectations and has shown that Gratomic tires outlasted the premier brand tires. Potentially, we could make a 40% saving on our annual tire budget, and that’s a lot of money.” Mr. Rickard is the proprietor of a fleet of light commercial vehicles who collaborated in the vehicle performance testing.

Further to the Company’s press release of January 16, 2019, Perpetuus and Gratomic have a collaboration agreement pursuant to which Gratomic provides graphite from its Aukam project for processing by Perpetuus at its dedicated facility, using its patented plasma process, to produce Hybrid Graphenes (less than 10 layers) to be included in elastomers for tire construction for the development of Graphene Ultra Fuel Efficient Tires (GUET).

About Gratomic Inc.

Gratomic is an advanced materials company focused on mine to market commercialization of graphite products most notably high value graphene based components for a range of mass market products. We have a JV collaborating with Perpetuus Carbon Technology, a leading European manufacturer of graphenes, to use Aukam graphite to manufacture graphene products for commercialization on an industrial scale. The Company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol GRAT.

Gratomic Inc $GRAT.ca Processing and Stockpiling Aukam Mine Graphite in Preparation for Sales $SRG.ca $NGC.ca $LLG.ca $GPH.ca $NOU.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 1:24 PM on Thursday, October 24th, 2019
  • 178 tonnes of product processed through the existing pilot plant
  • Systematically increased the grade to commercially desirable 95% – 97% Cg (Carbon in Graphite)
  • Able to upgrade this material to over 99% Cg through air classification
  • 350 tonnes of graphitic material stockpiled at the processing site ready for beneficiation

TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2019 /CNW/ – Gratomic Inc. (“Gratomic” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: GRAT) (CB81–FRANKFURT; WKN:A143MR) a vertically integrated graphite to graphenes, advanced materials development company is pleased to provide further updates from its Aukam Graphite Project in Namibia.

The Company is pleased to report that is has completed the crushing and grinding circuit which has a 50 metric tonnes per hour capacity. The Company also completed the installation and setup of the Processing Plant’s Rougher, Cleaner and Scavenger flotation columns.  The cumulative capacity of the columns combined with the Rougher Mixing Tank and slurry line is initially 2.8 tonnes per hour.

To date the Company has put 178 tonnes of product through the existing pilot plant systematically increasing the grade to commercially desirable 95% – 97% Cg (Carbon in Graphite). It has further indicated that it is able to upgrade this material through air classification to over 99% Cg.

Operationally, the Company has decided to put on hold an updated drying circuit pending financing of the Company. The drying circuit will be shipped to Namibia after the final payment of CAD $75,000 is made and will arrive within 39 days of the payment. The Company has decided to delay this upgrade in the short term in order to preserve available capital and will utilize the existing drying circuit which can manage the material drying requirements in the interim.

The Company has entered into an agreement with VIVO Shell in July of 2019 (the “Agreement”) to invest N$ 700,000 into the construction of a bulk 50,000 litre fuel storage facility that will be erected at the Aukam Fuel depot located within 1.2 km from the mine site. The Company is also in discussions with Namibia’s largest mining contractor “LEWCOR” and is reviewing plans to initiate mining and earth moving operations.

In preparation of product sales, a total of 350 tonnes of graphitic material has been stockpiled at the processing site ready for beneficiation. During the first two months of the LEWCOR contract, the stockpile will be further increased to 5,000 tonnes from available surface mine dumps which contain approximately 23,000 tonnes of graphitic material.

Management will be curtailing ongoing mining costs by temporarily reducing non-critical staff until the completion of a financing. The Company sees this as a positive means to decrease monthly capital requirements by approximately 75%.  All staff has been paid up to date with salaries being supported primarily through capital injection by the company’s two CEOs.  The non-critical mine staff that are not directly affiliated with mine construction will be rehired upon the completion of a financing to resume mining and processing activities.

Risk Factors

The Company advises that it has not based its production decision on even the existence of mineral resources let alone on a feasibility study of mineral reserves, demonstrating economic and technical viability, and, as a result, there may be an increased uncertainty of achieving any particular level of recovery of minerals or the cost of such recovery, including increased risks associated with developing a commercially mineable deposit.

Historically, such projects have a much higher risk of economic and technical failure. There is no guarantee that production will begin as anticipated or at all or that anticipated production costs will be achieved.

Failure to commence production would have a material adverse impact on the Company’s ability to generate revenue and cash flow to fund operations. Failure to achieve the anticipated production costs would have a material adverse impact on the Company’s cash flow and future profitability.

Qualified Persons

Steve Gray, P. Geo. has reviewed, prepared and approved the scientific and technical information in this press release and is Gratomic Inc’s “Qualified Person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

About Gratomic Inc.

Gratomic is an advanced materials company focused on mine to market commercialization of graphite products most notably high value graphene-based components for a range of mass market products. The Company has a JV collaborating with Perpetuus Carbon Technology, a leading European manufacturer of graphenes, to use Aukam graphite to manufacture graphene products for commercialization on an industrial scale. The Company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol GRAT.

Gratomic Signs Deal to Supply Graphite to Todaq $SRG.ca $NGC.ca $LLG.ca $GPH.ca $NOU.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 8:12 AM on Thursday, October 17th, 2019
  • Graphite is being purchased by Todaq to sit in reserve as a backstop to underpin the value of deployed TDN
  • The TDN will allow for cryptographic ownership and tracking of commodities as they are processed and traded.
  • The price of TDN was negotiated between the parties in respect of the first 1800 tonnes of graphite. Thereafter, the price of TDN will be based on the market price for TDN for the month in which subsequent orders are placed by Todaq

The graphite is being purchased by Todaq to sit in reserve as a backstop to underpin the value of deployed TDN. The TDN will allow for cryptographic ownership and tracking of commodities as they are processed and traded. The price of TDN was negotiated between the parties in respect of the first 1800 tonnes of graphite. Thereafter, the price of TDN will be based on the market price for TDN for the month in which subsequent orders are placed by Todaq. The price per tonne for graphite was negotiated between the parties and is fixed for the first 1800 tonnes. Thereafter, the price per tonne will be based on the price at which the Company sells similar product to third parties. Although Sheldon Inwentash, Co-CEO of the Company, acts as an advisor to TODAQ Holdings, the Supply Agreement was negotiated on an arm’s-length basis between Gratomic and Todaq without any involvement by Mr. Inwentash, and Gratomic is at arm’s length to Todaq and TODAQ Holdings.

The initial 1800 tonnes of graphite will be processed through the Company’s pilot processing plant. The Supply Agreement provides that the graphite to be delivered will comprise 95% carbon, contain no more than 0.5% moisture content and will be sized at 173 µm (0.173 mm) or less. Gratomic is in the process of finalizing and fine-tuning its commercial scale graphite processing plant referred to in the Company’s Press Release dated May 3, 2019.

Gratomic Executive Chairman and Co-CEO, Sheldon Inwentash commented, “Building our long-term treasury and creating secure digital ownership of commodities that can carry an immutable history of its quality, amount, handling, testing and custody, and which can move without friction through manufacturing chains or on trading platforms is where we need to be. As we move to production, this acquisition program creates the foundation to start that focused work”

Gratomic wishes to emphasize that Supply Agreement is conditional on Gratomic being able to bring the Aukam project into a production phase, and for any graphite being produced to meet certain technical and mineralization requirements.

Gratomic continues to move its business towards production and as part of its business plan, expects to obtain a National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects technical report to help it ascertain the economics of Aukam.

Presently the Company uses its existing pilot processing facility to produce certain amounts of graphite concentrate from accumulated surface graphite.

Risk Factors

The Company advises that it has not based its production decision on even the existence of mineral resources let alone on a feasibility study of mineral reserves, demonstrating economic and technical viability, and, as a result, there may be an increased uncertainty of achieving any particular level of recovery of minerals or the cost of such recovery, including increased risks associated with developing a commercially mineable deposit.

The Supply Agreement provides that if Gratomic is unable to deliver graphite in accordance with the orders from Todaq, Todaq has the right to refuse to take any subsequent attempt to fulfil the order, terminate the agreement immediately, obtain substitute product from another supplier and recover from the Company any costs and expenses incurred in obtaining such substitute product or suing for damages under the contract.

Historically, such projects have a much higher risk of economic and technical failure. There is no guarantee that production will begin as anticipated or at all or that anticipated production costs will be achieved.

Failure to commence production would have a material adverse impact on the Company’s ability to generate revenue and cash flow to fund operations. Failure to achieve the anticipated production costs would have a material adverse impact on the Company’s cash flow and future profitability.

Steve Gray, P.Geo. has reviewed, prepared and approved the scientific and technical information in this press release and is Gratomic Inc’s “Qualified Person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

About Gratomic Inc.

Gratomic is an advanced materials company focused on mine to market commercialization of graphite products most notably high value graphene based components for a range of mass market products. We are collaborating with a leading European manufacturer of graphenes to use Aukam graphite to manufacture graphene products for commercialization on an industrial scale. The company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol GRAT.

“Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.”

Gratomic $GRAT.ca – Bend It Like Graphene $SRG.ca $NGC.ca $LLG.ca $GPH.ca $NOU.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 2:34 PM on Monday, September 30th, 2019

SPONSOR: Gratomic Inc. (TSX-V: GRAT) Advanced materials company focused on mine to market commercialization of graphite products, most notably high value graphene based components for a range of mass market products. Collaborating with Perpetuus, Gratomic will use Aukam graphite to manufacture graphene products for commercialization on an industrial scale. For More Info Click Here

  • The wonder material is yet to live up to its potential but an Indian startup is weaving dreams with this form of carbon

The molecule is priceless, but it’s not the cost — a few lakh rupees per kilo — that helped graphene win the epithet of “wonder material” or “possibly the most remarkable substance discovered” in scientific circles.

Graphene owes its impressive resume to its multiple attributes — strong, flexible, light, transparent, waterproof and a good conductor of electricity. Ever since it was discovered in 2004, scientists have been speculating about its potential uses — replacing silicon in electronics, indium in touchscreens and liquid polymer in bulletproof vests. Unfortunately, the wonder material has failed to deliver on its promises and still has a long way to go.

Despite that, scientists and entrepreneurs haven’t stopped pumping billions of dollars and man hours into the quest for new inventions with graphene that can transform sectors such as electronics, energy, health and construction.

Log 9 Materials, a Bangalore-based nanotechnology start-up, has been chasing the graphene dream since it was founded in 2015 by IIT-Roorkee graduates Akshay Singhal and Kartik Hajela. It has been trying to tame the material in many avatars — cigarette filters, batteries for electronic vehicles and coatings for aircraft. Their latest foray is into industrial clean up, including oil leaks and oil spills. Liquid petroleum often gets accidentally released into oceans, bays and rivers during transport and the spill does irreparable damage to aquatic life.

“The oil sorbent pads (LSP 20) innovated by us help contain and absorb off-shore and on-shore [oil] spills as well as spills of other chemicals,” says Akshay Singhal, co-founder and chief executive officer of Log 9 Materials. “LSP 20 is able to absorb spills up to 86 times its own weight. It has been tested against British Standards by third party laboratories and has also been certified safe to incinerate and dispose,” he adds.

There is always a risk of spillage during exploration, transportation and storage of oil. Spills have the potential to cause irreparable ecological damage in sea and on land. In situ combustion, oil booms and oil skimmer vessels are used to clean up such spills but are not very efficient. The products and particulates emitted through oil combustion pollute the atmosphere while booms and skimmers, which are meant to confine the spill to a specific location for collection, do not work well in turbulent water.

One of the most economical and efficient means of removing oil spills is to use sorbents that repel water (hydrophobic) but absorb oil (oleophilic).

Akshay Singhal, co-founder and chief executive officer of Log 9 Materials

One of the most efficient means of removing oil spills is to use sorbents that repel water but absorb oil

Various natural absorbers such as expanded perlite and zeolites, organic materials such as wool fibre, activated carbon and sawdust have all been used as sorbents because of their extremely small pores. However, these materials are incapable of absorbing oil without the water. That is why new materials are needed that can sequester oil and remove it. Various microporous polymers have been studied due to their large specific surface area and hydrophobicity. Although they show relative high absorption ability, the cost of these kinds of sorbents is also high.

Graphene, discovered at the University of Manchester, UK, in 2004, consists of thin flakes of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal structure. It has a high surface area. While a typical carbon atom has a diameter of about 0.33 nano metres, there are about three million layers of graphene in 1mm of graphite — a crystalline form of the element, carbon. Harder than diamond but more elastic than rubber, tougher than steel yet lighter than aluminium, it can be processed into various unique structures. Several graphene-based structures have been designed and fabricated over the past decade to strongly repel water (superhydrophobic) but absorb oil (superoleophilic) efficiently. These characteristics make graphene an ideal candidate for selective absorption of oil spills.

“We manufacture products to control spills of all forms, using graphene. These products can be used to prevent, control and clean spills in and around marine or terrestrial ecosystems,” says Dhananjay Sharma, director and chief executive officer, Log 9 Spill Containment Pvt. Ltd.

“The company has a larger agenda to educate various industries and businesses about the value propositions attached to using graphene-based products or offerings with respect to cost savings and environmental impact,” he adds.

While graphene has countless potential applications, Log 9’s focus is on two main areas: filtration and energy. Apart from the oil sorbent pad, they are currently working on a metal-air battery which could replace the current lithium ion batteries.

Says Singhal, “This battery makes use of the interaction of air, water and aluminium. The air cathode made of graphene generates electricity, thus making it lighter in weight compared to lithium ion batteries.” Moreover, these batteries can run about 1,000km on a single charge compared to 100-150km of the current ones.

Technology usually progresses at a slow pace. Swedish chemist Jakob Berzilius purified silicon in 1824 but it took more than a century for the semiconductor — used to run all modern electronic gadgets — industry to develop. Most of the components of today’s smartphones, from microprocessors to touchscreens, were also invented in the 1960s. It is, therefore, expected that it will take some time for more horizons to open up in the world of graphene. It is laudable that an Indian start-up has dared to join graphene’s innovation race.

Source: https://www.telegraphindia.com/science/bend-it-like-graphene/cid/1708387

Gratomic $GRAT.ca – Electric Vehicle Composites Market Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecasts 2027 $SRG.ca $NGC.ca $LLG.ca $GPH.ca $NOU.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 11:21 AM on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

SPONSOR: Gratomic Inc. (TSX-V: GRAT) Advanced materials company focused on mine to market commercialization of graphite products, most notably high value graphene based components for a range of mass market products. Collaborating with Perpetuus, Gratomic will use Aukam graphite to manufacture graphene products for commercialization on an industrial scale. For More Info Click Here

Key players operating in the global electric vehicle composites market include LANXESS, Hexagon Composites ASA, Solvay Group, Carbo Tech Composites GmbH, and DowDuPont.

  • Consume less fuel and they do not pollute the air
  • Exxon Company has fabricated an all-graphite frame and a glass/graphite hybrid body for its electric vehicles

Electric vehicles are gaining wide popularity, as they consume less fuel and they do not pollute the air. An electric vehicle uses one or more electric motors for propulsion. Governments across the globe are adopting and implementing favorable policies for promotion of electric vehicles. Composite materials used for production of various components of electric vehicles improve fuel efficiency. High strength and low density are two significant features of composite materials used in electric vehicles. A composite material used in electric vehicles is generally a combination of two components: a resin or matrix and a fiber or filler. The growing trend of abolition of conventional steel and cast iron in vehicles so as to make them lightweight has led to development of automotive components with lightweight materials. Due to their resistance to corrosion and fatigue, composites are more durable and hence, they are expected to last for the entire lifespan of the electric vehicle. Electric vehicle manufacturers make use of composite body/chassis components for extending the lifespan of hybrid electric vehicles as well as battery electric vehicles.

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Increasing usage of lightweight materials with an aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is considered a major factor driving the electric vehicle composites market. Electric vehicle composites offer superior strength-to-weight ratio. Development of battery electric and hybrid electric vehicles offering long travel distance led by their reduced weight is anticipated to propel the electric vehicle composites market during the forecast period. Exxon Company has fabricated an all-graphite frame and a glass/graphite hybrid body for its electric vehicles, achieving a total weight reduction of 200 lbs. Budd Company, due to its subcontract with Ai Research, has achieved significant reduction in the weight of parts by using glass-reinforced polyester. Several electric vehicle manufacturers are opting for the development of sustainable composite materials for their automobile components.

In terms of material, the electric vehicle composites market can be classified into resins and fibers. The commonly employed resins include polyamide, polyester, epoxy, and polyurethane. The fibers segment comprises graphene, carbon nanotubes, glass, and aramids. In terms of structural component, the market can be categorized into exterior body panels, canter consoles, cross beam frames, and bumpers. In terms of application, the electric vehicle composites market can be divided into hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles, and fuel cell electric vehicles.Geographically, the global electric vehicle composites market can be classified into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa. Various governments across the globe are promoting use of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) through high subsidies and tax rebates.

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BEVs is the most preferred choice of electric vehicles in China, which is the prominent market for electric vehicle composites in Asia Pacific. Advancements in material science and technology and increasing demand from the automotive industry are augmenting the electric vehicle composites market in Asia Pacific. North America is another significant market for electric vehicle composites across the globe. Tesla, a global leader in electric vehicle manufacturing, is located in California, the U.S. The electric vehicle composites market in Latin America and Middle East & Africa is estimated to expand at a moderate pace during the forecast period, owing to the recent economic growth in these regions.

SOURCE: https://financialexpressnow.com/2019/09/electric-vehicle-composites-market-analysis-size-share-growth-trends-and-forecasts-2027/

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Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 7:38 PM on Friday, August 30th, 2019

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A study found that insects changed their behavior around the material.

Graphene, the highly flexible supermaterial used to build solar cells (and perhaps one day foldable phones), is also a powerful mosquito repellent. A team of researchers at Brown University discovered that graphene-lined clothing not only is an effective physical barrier to mosquito bites, the carbon-based material also changes their behavior. The study, which was published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that graphene blocked the chemical signals that draw mosquitoes to other living beings in the first place.

“With the graphene, the mosquitoes weren’t even landing on the skin patch — they just didn’t seem to care,” said Brown Ph.D student Cintia Castillho, who is the study’s lead author. “We had assumed that graphene would be a physical barrier to biting, through puncture resistance, but when we saw these experiments we started to think that it was also a chemical barrier that prevents mosquitoes from sensing that someone is there.” In the study, researchers covered the arms of participants in either graphene oxide films covered by cheesecloth or just cheesecloth. Those who were covered in graphene didn’t receive a single bite.

Unfortunately, graphene oxide becomes far less effective when wet, which is exactly the type of environment where mosquitoes thrive. Scientists found that mosquitoes were able to puncture through graphene oxide films that were soaked in water. But when they used graphene with reduced oxygen content (rGO), they discovered it worked as a bite barrier in both dry and wet conditions.

One drawback is that rGO isn’t breathable, so it’s unlikely to be used in camping clothing. Scientists hope to find a way to stabilize graphene so it remains strong when wet. “This next step would give us the full benefits of breathability and bite protection,” said Brown University professor Robert Hurt.

If you’re curious about graphene, you won’t have long to wait. Makers of outdoor gear and electronics are already adding graphene to jackets, battery packs, shoes and more.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/27/graphene-mosquito-repellent-boston-university-study/

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  • Smartphones and portable electronic devices are omnipresent in the world we live in today. We rely heavily on these gadgets to complete a wide range of daily tasks from simple reminders and calendar events to more complex assignments and applications as powerful business tools.
  • At some point in the day, we will find ourselves rushing around a room searching for a plug or USB socket as a cable dangles from our hands because the lithium-ion batteries that currently power our devices still only hold a limited charge.

However, frustrations such as this could soon be a thing of the past. According to the reliable tech-tipster Evan Blass, Samsung is gearing up to a 2021 launch of their usually hotly anticipated Galaxy series to come equipped with a more efficient longer-lasting graphene battery.

On Monday, Evan Blass tweeted, “Samsung is hoping to have at least one handset either next year or in 2021, I’m told, which will feature a graphene battery instead.”

Capable of a full charge in under a half-hour, they still need to raise capacities while lowering costs.

Evan Blass

Graphene batteries are believed to be the optimal solution and alternative to the current generation of lithium-ion batteries on the market. With higher electrical and heat conductivity compared to lithium-ion solutions, graphene is also superior due to its lightweight, flexible and durable qualities. For these reasons, we can begin to understand why graphene has been hailed as a ‘wonder material’.

So, what would be the benefits of using the material graphene as an alternative to lithium-ion in battery packs?

Slimline solutions: having already discussed how graphene is lightweight, we should also consider that when you stack 3 million layers of this material, it only amounts to 1 mm of thickness. This could mean that manufacturers can place small high-capacity batteries in devices to reduce the overall size of the device for compactness or enhance other capabilities and overall performance.

Faster charging times: this increases the battery endurance compared to lithium-ion batteries as the conductivity capabilities of graphene offers little to no resistance to the flow of electrons.

Reduced thermal output: because of its ability to dissipate heat much more effectively, graphene can reduce the operating temperature of smart devices. This means better performance and safety when charging or operating the device for complex tasks or gaming.

These may be of particular interest to a company like Samsung who have previously been affected by battery issues, particularly concerning the overheating issues of the Note7 back in 2016. This led to Samsung implementing an eight-point inspection process for batteries as well as stepping up its research into battery technology, making significant progress in recent years.

We need only look back to 2017 when Samsung revealed its researchers developed a “graphene ball” material capable of five times faster-charging speeds than standard lithium-ion batteries. Coupled with Blass’s latest claims, it is plausible to expect that we will see graphene batteries go mainstream within the next couple of years.

With products likely restricted to select smartphones and smart devices initially, we can also anticipate further developments on other applications for graphene in the coming years. For example, Tesla are showing interest in metal-air batteries which utilize a graphene rod as a cathode. These types of battery can increase battery efficiency up to five times at just one-third of the cost and because of the greater abundance of carbon, compared to a rare metal like lithium, manufacturers will continue to research its potential as they have been trying to implement the use of graphene as a material in about everything since its discovery in 2004.

So, it would suffice to say that graphene batteries are definitely set to be a game-changer and put an end to panicked searches for a place to charge devices or carrying around multiple charging packs to get through a busy day.

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