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.
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.
AIXTRON SE today announced that the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Pisa, Italy, has ordered two AIXTRON BM Pro systems in a 4-inch wafer configuration. IIT Pisa researchers will use these systems for the development and production of graphene for the implementation of novel hydrogen storage systems.