Technology

Technology

Graphene


Graphene, a "wonder material" according to the American Physical Society, has a vast array of groundbreaking properties, including the highest strength of any isolated material. It has extraordinary conductivity, flexibility, and transparency. In fact, its initial discovery in 2004 won graphene pioneers Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. Since then, graphene has been moving quickly from research laboratories to industrial applications. Leaders in industry and academia (including Samsung, Ford, IBM, Harvard, and MIT) consider graphene as a choice material for the future of electronics, energy storage, drug delivery, and composite materials.

Graphene is a single¬atomic layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice, similar to the arrangement of a chicken wire fence. It is essentially a single¬layer of graphite, and can be isolated by exfoliation of graphite, or grown by Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD), a process that involves decomposing gases at an elevated temperature, which deposits carbon atoms onto a metallic substrate. Our facility is equipped with a CVD reactor and graphene films manufactured by our team can be purchased at our website Graphene Supermarket. (https://graphene-supermarket.com/CVD-grown-graphene/) Custom substrates can be made by request.

Alternatively, inexpensive natural graphite, a mineral whose structure can be visualized as a stack of 2D graphene layers, can be used as the precursor for making graphene nano platelets. In the process of making graphene nanoplatelets, the graphite crystal is broken into individual graphene sheets. The Company holds a new proprietary technology encompassing the preparation and separation of atomic thin graphene platelets. This technological breakthrough represents a new, energy efficient process to manufacture, sort and classify graphene nanoparticles resulting in the potential for large scale production of high grade graphene at lower costs than exist in today's marketplace.

Materials for 3D Printing


Graphene produced from natural graphite is the most useful starting material for production of graphene¬infused polymers used to make 3D printing filaments. 3D printing or additive manufacturing is the process of creating a three¬dimensional, solid object from a digital file. 3D printers can create models from plastic, metal, nylon, and many other materials. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process in which successive layers of material are laid down to create nearly any imaginable shape; it differs from the widespread process of subtractive manufacturing because 3D printing does not result in extensive material waste.

By taking advantage of our technology, we have created graphene¬enabled 3D printing materials that set the record for the lowest electrical resistivity. These materials can be potentially used for printing entire devices, from the structure, to aesthetics, to electronics, in a way that is compatible with 3D printers currently on the market. We anticipate that our technology will allow consumers to use our graphene¬ enhanced polymers together with conventional polymers in the same printing process, thereby fabricating functional electronic devices using 3D printing. Our 3D printing materials can be purchased at www.blackmagic3d.com We also offer 3D printing on demand as well as assistance with your project. Feel free to submit your questions and requests to info@blackmagic3d.com

Advanced Materials and Composites


The Industrial Materials division has capacity to incorporate graphene materials in various matrices such as thermoplastics, epoxies and inks. Our facility is equipped with materials analysis and processing equipment. We have advancing in several thrust areas:
  • Ultralight functional materials
  • Electrical conductive elastomers
  • Materials for thermal management
  • Mechanically reinforced resins
Our research and development team welcomes custom requests. To talk to our technical staff or request a quote email info@graphenelab.com