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Automotive, aerospace, materials to benefit from graphene

June 9, 2017  Stephen Law

While many industries will benefit from the remarkable properties of graphene, three stand out as having the greatest potential – automotive, aerospace and materials. A new report predicts that this trio will make strong gains from graphene within a 5-10-year time-frame.

InnovationDB, the global licensable IP technology database, has published a new report: “Graphene, Wonder Material of the 21st Century” looking in detail at the challenges and opportunities facing developers of this hugely promising material. The report on this potentially game-changing technology compares applications across all industries to point scientists, businesses and investors to where they should be looking for progress.

Analysing the commercial successes and failures, promising application areas and challenges this sector needs to overcome, the report goes into detail on exactly which applications in each sector stand the best chance of success and explains why.

CEO of InnovationDB, Gerald Law, commented: “Graphene promises a huge array of new applications but it’s not without its challenges. We need to be able to manufacture it at scale and we need good metrology for graphene. If you can’t measure it, you can’t make it. We believe that the first applications of graphene will be as an additive to existing materials to enhance their performance or durability.”

Just a few of graphene’s potential applications include:

* Lighter, longer-lasting tyres – with enhanced heat dissipation, improving performance and puncture resistance

* Dramatically improved batteries for electric vehicles – reducing battery mass, increasing durability and shortening charging time

* Enhanced fuels – graphene has been successfully added to rocket propellant fuels to enhance combustion temperatures and efficiency

* Nano-scale graphene transistors – very fast, low-power successors to silicon-based processors with ultrafast processing speeds

* Anti-bacterials – graphene shows biocidal properties, with applications for the development of antibacterial surfaces, and in ‘Smart’ plasters with anti-infective properties for hard-to-heal wounds

* Better body armour – graphene is 10x better than steel at dissipating kinetic energy, making it an excellent choice for lightweight ballistic body armour maintain the world’s largest database listing novel technologies available for license and purchase, and run events, write technology market reports, and provide our community with up to the minute news of new technologies.

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