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July 2015
The Graphene Council News


From ‘Gee-Whiz’ Technologies to the Mundane,

Graphene Runs the Gamut


The term “graphene” seems to connote high-tech: next generation computers or mobile phones that can display 3D holographic images. However, what gets neglected is that graphene makes for an intriguing alternative to materials that make up our everyday lives.


In our Q&A for this quarter we will speak to the founder of a company that has developed a technology that bridges these worlds by developing a mobile device recharger based on a graphene-enabled supercapacitor.


More from the Editor . . .


An Interview with Stephen Voller, Founder and CEO of Zap&Go


A creative approach to exploiting graphene’s properties in supercapacitors could change the way we charge our mobile devices


One company in the UK, called Zap&Go, has come up with a creative spin on graphene’s unique properties in superconductors to create a fast recharger for portable devices. 


Read more . . . 


Accelerating the Standards Process for Graphene


Finding ways to help the standards bodies accelerate the establishment of standards, the Graphene Council hopes to speed the adoption of the material by industry


Standards are aimed at establishing a uniform quality of product. In the absence of formal standards, markets have a way of establishing their own version until official ones are enforced.


The absence of agreed industry standards for graphene materials is a major roadblock to full commercialization and is a problem for producers and users alike. The Graphene Council, working with formal standard setting bodies, hopes to accelerate this often slow and tedious process.   



Graphene Gets Practical 


It turns out graphene is not just for high-tech applications, but for the simple devices we use everyday like our light bulbs.


When applications for graphene are proposed, we typically hear about some gee-whiz technology, like the next generation of electronics or optoelectronics. It’s rare that we hear about how graphene could play a role in the more mundane technologies of our lives, like our light bulbs or our home heating systems.


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Two-dimensional Materials Are Changing the Landscape for Optoelectronics


Graphene and other 2D materials are offering some big improvements to optoelectronic devices


Graphene’s properties as a broadband absorber are off the charts, and make it ideal for enabling photodetection of the visible, infrared and terahertz frequencies. 


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Graphene and 2D Materials Are Not Just for Digital Logic Applications


The range of applications for graphene in 2D materials in electronics extends far beyond just digital logic


While much research effort is devoted to seeing if graphene can replace silicon as the basis for the next generation of computer chips, this is not the only potential application of graphene in the broader field of electronics. 


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The Role of Graphene in Energy Storage Continues to Evolve


From supercapacitors to Li-ion batteries, graphene has something to offer 


The use of graphene in super capacitors and other energy storage formats is making significant progress, paving the way for practical (and profitable) applications. 


Read more . . .