Vorbeck Materials Secures Innovator Award

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Vorbeck Materials has cemented its place as a leader in the field of graphene based energy solutions with the award of winner in the Department of Energy’s “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” competition.

Vorbeck will be featured at the Arpa-E summit in Washington, D.C. February 27 following their work in partnership with the Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL) and Princeton University.

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Graphene Nanoradio, Tune in Turn On Drop Out.


Graphene radio is the latest innovation to have emerged from the work of researchers from Universities in Romania, France and Greece .

Following on from the work of a team at Columbia University who announced to the world the first graphene radio in Dec 2011, the researchers from Europe have now presented evidence of RF demodulation by a single sheet of graphene embedded in a coplanar structure that suggests graphene responds well in the frequencies currently used in industrial, medical and scientific devices. Tested in a frequency range of 100Mhz to 25Ghz the graphene monolayer exhibited a response that suggests it could also be used for short range wireless communication such as Bluetooth.

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Graphene Transistor Hurdle Cleared

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A major hurdle in the race to manufacture a graphene computer chip has been cleared by scientists at the University of Manchester. The team of researchers lead by the Nobel Laureates Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, have happily announced that the problem of graphene’s near super-conductivity has now been solved. The research finding is set to reignite the race for a graphene transistor and the race is now on to see which team will be the first to make the breakthrough device that will make graphene the new silicon.

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Graphene Investment By The Back Door.

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One way of investing in the potential of graphene that hasn’t yet been explored by this website is the possibility of investing in business development companies. Such businesses help to finance the growth of the smaller private companies that proliferate in the science and technology arena. Finding publicly traded shares in companies invested in graphene research is much more difficult than buying shares in those companies that help to fund such research. Companies that are closed to share dealing still need funds and this is where private equity companies can help.

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The Global Market for Nanomaterials 2002-2016

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If you want to find out about the future market for nanomaterials such as graphene, carbon nanotubes and nanofibers a good place to start your enquiry is the catchily titled The Global Market for Nanomaterials 2002-2016.  The latest report from Future Markets Inc. is the most comprehensive study ever conducted on the nanomaterials market, and has the kind of authority that means it will will greatly impact all industries in the coming years.

The report details how the growth of nanomaterials has seen the worldwide production increase by 1000% in the past nine years. A conservative estimate of 230,000 tons worth of worldwide production in 2011 is set to increase by a further 120,000 before the year 2016. The oft cited demand within the electronics, energy, medicine, chemicals, coatings and catalyst markets are anticipated to be the main drivers of this increase.

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