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Graphene Council Champions Graphene Standards

Posted By Dexter Johnson, IEEE Spectrum, Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Graphene Council has consistently been spearheading the development of standards around graphene. This is for good reason.

Ask just about any company involved in bringing graphene and graphene-enabled products to market—as we have—and  you will quickly realize that all these organizations consider standardization of the material as a critical need for the wider adoption of graphene.

To further heighten awareness of this issue, The Graphene Council recently contributed an article  to The Graphene Technology Journal published by Springer and Nature in which we conducted an interview with Norbert Fabricius, who is one of the leading authorities on the development of standards around graphene.

Of course, we have also interviewed our own Executive Director, Terrance Barkan, on how the industry can collectively accelerate the development of standards for graphene.  

After all this effort, others are beginning to seek us out to learn more about the development of standards related to graphene. In an interview with SciTech Europa, Barkan provides an in-depth look at where standards for graphene are now and their importance going forward. 

In this interview, Barkan references the Global Graphene Industry Survey and Report produced by The Graphene Council that even two years after its publication remains the most extensive survey of producers and users of graphene. Barkan also references some of the recent groundbreaking work that the Council is doing in educating the industry into how graphene can best be used in composites and plastics.

It appears the word is getting out about the quality of the studies and projects the Council has undertaken over the years in leading industry efforts from standards to health and safety issues and promoting greater understanding of how graphene fits into the value chain of a range of industries

Tags:  composites  health and safety  plastics  Standards  survey 

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Graphene Certification Needed

Posted By Terrance Barkan, Wednesday, November 9, 2016

One of the major problems identified in our survey of the global graphene community was the lack of agreed standards for graphene materials.

In addition, there is a tremendous lack of transparency into the actual quality and characteristics of material that is being produced and sold as "graphene".

Survey respondents reported that batches of graphene were often inconsistent (even from the same producer) or were not material that could seriously be considered graphene. (More like micro-graphite). 


This is not only a problem for customers, researchers and users of purchased materials, it is a problem for legitimate graphene producers to differentiate themselves from companies that claim to be selling graphene but that are instead producing some other forms of carbon containing materials. 

The lack of an agreed global standard for graphene and closely related materials creates a vacuum and lack of trust in the marketplace for industrial scale adoption of graphene materials. This is true even though forms of graphene and reduced graphene oxide have proven to provide outstanding performance improvements in composites, inks and 3D filaments to name but a few examples. 

I would like to hear from you if you agree with this view and if you feel that the establishment of a regime to certify the quality / characteristics of commercially available graphene products is a good idea. 

Feel free to post a reply or send me a private message directly at: 
tbarkan@thegrapheneconcil.org

You can also see the original postings in our LinkedIn group at: 
http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Graphene-Council-5153830/about

Tags:  Certification  Developers  Graphene  Producers  Standards  Survey  Testing  Users 

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