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Graphene Proves to Be a “Green” Alternative

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:47 AM on Monday, December 17th, 2012

NOTE TO EDITORS: The Following Is a Research Alert Issued by Century Capital Research

NEW YORK, NY–(Dec 13, 2012) – In an IEEE Spectrum article, graphene has been shown to be an effective rustproofing agent for both steel and copper. The research was conducted to find an environmentally friendly method compared to chrome electroplating.

Sarbajit Banerjee, PhD, an assistant professor, and Robert Dennis, a PhD student at the University of Buffalo, determined that graphene’s hydrophobic and conductive properties made it an ideal candidate for preventing corrosion. “Our product can be made to work with the existing hardware of many factories that specialize in chrome electroplating, including job shops in Western New York that grew around Bethlehem Steel,” explains Banerjee in the article. “This could give factories a chance to reinvent themselves in a healthy way in a regulatory environment that is growing increasingly harsh when it comes to chromium pollution.”

A separate study conducted in Australia and at Rice University have also used graphene to achieve the atomic-scale rustproof coating. The researchers simply heated the graphene to temperatures between 800 and 900 degrees Celsius and then applied the graphene to the copper through chemical vapor deposition. This use of graphene could change the rustproofing methods for products as varied as ocean-going vessels and electronics.

Applications of rust proofing using graphene could be of interest to companies as far reaching as Maersk Group to lengthen the life of ships and containers, to Apple and Samsung for hardware uses and even automakers like GM and Ford.

Graphene, which is derived from graphite has been in focus in the news due to the world’s reliance on China from the export of the mineral. Several companies have answered the call for domestic production and have begun exploration efforts in order to ease reliance on foreign countries for the mineral. USA Graphite (OTCQB: USGT) has recently announced the acquisition of 206 acres of land with visible graphite present at the surface. The Company is focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of world-class graphite properties in North America.

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