OTTAWA – March 19, 2012 – Focus Metals Inc. (“Focus Metals” or the “Corporation”) (FMS:TSX-V; FCSMF:OTCQX; FKC:FSE), announces today that it has completed a loan of USD$500,000 to Grafoid Inc. (“Grafoid”), a private corporation (registered; In Ontario) in which Focus owns a 40% interest, in connection with Grafoid’s business initiative for the transformation of graphite into graphene on a commercial scale, using primarily raw unprocessed graphite ore from the Corporation’s Lac Knife project.
A new report on the market potential of graphene has been published by Displaybank, making research on investment choices less of a headache for the diligent investor.
Focused on the science of graphene’s properties and potential applications, the report looks at methods of synthesis, development trends by graphene related companies, emerging technologies and market forecast.
For those that haven’t been paying attention, graphene is a wonder material
A report, published in Nature, suggests graphene could be the most sought after material for designer electron devices. Electrons become massless Dirac fermions in graphene as a result of its electronic structure; they travel at the speed of light and are the result of Dirac points that form within the honeycomb lattice of carbon atoms. Graphene is one member of a class of Dirac materials that includes iron-based high-temperature semiconductors, and is show in research conducted by Gomes et al to be a fully tunable condensed-matter system.
Europe has its first supplier of epitaxial graphene on a silicon carbide substrate in the newly formed Swedish company Graphensic AB (part of the business incubator LEAD). The company has been formed as a result of work carried out at Linkoping University by the lead researchers. The team has gained expertise in the chemistry of silicon carbide since an early involvement in developing a number of adhesion techniques in the 1990s.
The company is confident that with a new high temperature patent-pending method they will be able to bring to market a higher quality product with fewer defects. The higher temperature imparts greater kinetic energy to the carbon atoms when the graphene layer is formed.