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Graphene is a single layer of carbon that can be made through processing natural graphite or chemical vapour deposition (CVD). If a block of graphite were a book, one layer of graphene is only a page in that book, but it is the “super page”. Graphene has many extraordinary properties. It is the thinnest material known to man, yet it is stronger than diamond and about 100 times stronger than finest steel in the same size; it conducts heat and electricity more efficiently than copper or any other material known. Graphene is likely a disruptive material that has a high probability of causing large shifts in technology that could impact a broad number of end user applications.
The graphene industry has been stalled for a number of years due to the lack of progress in the production of quality graphene. While the world has a significant over supply of “graphene” currently, tests have shown that this material is actually thin graphite. Lower quality graphene including graphene oxide may result in less useful commercial product.
According with a recent research done at the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials (CA2DM) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), many graphene production companies generated a thin graphite powder with 2-10% of graphene content. The same study showed Elcora Advanced Materials has generated a new production process with 55% of graphene content. Elcora personnel have also developed a unique low cost effective process to make quality graphene from natural graphite, and the process is commercially scalable.
Elcora has placed the graphene production within the Graphene Corp (Canada).