One important step any investor should take is to understand the product, service and industry of the company(s) you want to invest in. This may seem obvious, but you might be surprised at how many people get caught up in the financial “hard numbers” rather than taking in the nuances of the organizations environment.
If you want to buy stocks in an automotive company, you would want to stay on top of consumer trends, competition, emerging technology etc. In the case of graphene, this maybe a little more difficult as there is a lot of hard science and technical jargon to read and understand, not to mention the fast pace at which new developments emerge.
This list of 10 things you should know about graphene will give your graphene knowledge a little bump, or maybe just a refresh:
- Graphene can be made from graphite – The process can either be liquid exfoliation or crystal graphite flaking. There is a direct association of the graphite mining industry with the developing graphene industry. For an investor, this means graphite mining is one entry channel to indirectly invest in graphene. You will find instances where graphite mining companies have significant ownership stakes in graphene companies. This is something to watch out for and consider when researching investments. Take note of inter-company revenues and expenses which may mislead you on true corporate performance.
- Graphene can be made from methane gas – Currently one of the most promising production methods of defect free graphene is called chemical vapour deposition (CVD). Investing in companies involved in the primary production of graphene is another entry way for investors, there are many companies focusing on production of graphene.
- Graphene is one of the thinnest material in the world – the wonder material measures at just 1 atom in thickness
- The material is 200 times stronger than steel– and is significantly lighter and astonishingly more flexible.
- Graphene has superior electric and heat conduction properties
- It is extremely hydrophobic – it effectively keeps away water
- Graphene currently cannot be produced in large scale – Some companies have claimed to have successfully produced large quantities of graphene in one production run. However the quality and true quantity of this graphene is debatable. The bottom line is that there is currently no economical and effective way to produce large quantities (e.g. kg’s ) of graphene. Though the first company or research lab to do it will launch themselves and the graphene industry into a new era. However…
- Some applications do not require huge quantities of graphene –One example is the use of graphene in touchscreen technology in cell phones. It has been estimated that just 60 kg’s of graphene could satisfy 1 year’s demand in the mobile phone industry.
- Europe has heavily invested in graphene – Europe has invested over $1.0 billion in a graphene initiatives to help support R&D activities and expedite the materials path to commercialization. The.The birth of the graphene industry can be traced to Manchester, England where the substance was first synthesized in 2004.
- Graphene can be developed using another bustling future tech “3D printing” – researchers are investigating the use of 3d printer and graphene ink to print layers of graphene.
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