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The Graphene Council Standards Task Force

 

The mission of The Graphene Council is to be the leading platform for people and companies that are interested in the research, development and application of graphene world-wide. 

Founded in September 2013, more than 5,000 researchers, scientists, students and graphene commercial professionals have already joined. It is the fastest growing community for news, networking, information sharing and connecting about graphene. 

Standards

The Graphene Council is a formal member of the ISO/ANSI TC 229 Nanotechnology Standards Development Group as well as the USNC Technical Advisory Group to IEC TC 113, Nano-Electrotechnologies. Our focus is on the development of standards that will benefit suppliers, buyers and users. Clear standards will foster greater adoption of graphene and graphene related products. 

The objective of The Graphene Council Standards Task Force is to develop a set of peer reviewed standards for graphene and closely related materials that will facilitate the ability of producers and users of these materials to have confidence in the level of performance on a consistent and measurable basis. 

Once The Graphene Council has adopted a set of peer agreed standards, these will be submitted to the formal standards bodies for approval and adoption. We feel that this approach will shorten the time needed to achieve globally recognized standards. We also feel that we can provide producers and users of these materials with usable standards in the short term, removing a major obstacle to the greater adoption of graphene as a commercial material. 

Participation on The Graphene Council Standards Task Force

Participation in the work of The Graphene Council Standards Task Force is on a voluntary (non-compensated) basis and is available to members of The Graphene Council only. (Membership in The Graphene Council is free of charge.)

The Graphene Council will provide the infrastructure, host the virtual meetings and maintain the official version of the standards. Volunteers will have the benefit of contributing to and shaping the standards and will be official recognized for their contributions.Scope of Work

We anticipate that The Graphene Council Standards Task Force will tackle the following areas:

Physical characteristics - Define which physical attributes are relevant and agree how they apply to the materials in question (dimensions, form, purity, hardness, etc.).

Nomenclature - Agree a standard way of referring to materials that reflects their defined properties, methods of production or other major characteristics. 

Measurement methodologies, equipment and tolerances - Agree which methods, equipment and tolerances will be used to assess or verify the characteristics of the materials.

Electrical properties - Define the electrical characteristics that are relevant to graphene and related materials (resistance, Hall effect, etc.) and which properties  and ranges of performance correspond to the defined materials. 

Mechanical properties - Define the relevant mechanical properties (tensile strength, stress, strain) and assign which properties and ranges of performance correspond to the defined materials.

Chemical properties - Identify which chemical properties are relevant and assign these properties to the agreed definitions of the materials, including derivative products (such as functionalized vs non-functionalized material).

Optical properties -  Define the relevant optical properties (optical conductivity, reflectance, dispersion) and assign which properties and ranges of performance correspond to the defined materials.

Method of production - Identify and define the most common industry production methods. 

Batch numbers and traceability - Agree a common approach to be able to track individual production batches of material in order to provide traceability for health, safety and quality purposes. 

Standardized symbols/labeling and quality assays - Agree a standard approach to the labeling of the materials to easily, clearly and consistently reflect the underlying characteristics of the materials. 

We anticipate that The Graphene Council Standards Task Force will meet formally once per month virtually and that drafts of standards documents will be circulated for review and comment between meetings. We would like to have finalized documents within 12-18 months from the start of formal activities. 

By volunteering to participate in the work of The Graphene Council Standards Task Force, individuals and their employers acknowledge that any standards, content or publications that are a result of the The Graphene Council Standards Task Force activities or of The Graphene Council are the sole and exclusive property of The Graphene Council. 

Participation in the work of The Graphene Council Standards Task Force should be treated as confidential and is subject to the sole discretion of The Graphene Council. It is the exclusive responsibility of The Graphene Council to publish results, reports or to solicit public comment on draft or accepted standards definitions.  

 

 

Call for Volunteers!

Producers, end-users and scientific colleagues are warmly invited to participate as subject matter experts in this process. If you would like to become involved in standards development for graphene, submit your application today!

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