Research on Graphene Composite for Bullet Proof Vests and Military Armor

Graphene bullet proof vestA team of Chinese scientists from the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have reportedly created a super graphene composite. The material is composed of graphene tubes that can withstand a force of 40,000 times its own weight without distortion. To put this into perspective this force is similar to being 10.9km below the ocean’s surface in the Mariana Trench. Strength is a major characteristic of graphene as well the property of being light in weight. This graphene composite material is reported to be 207 times stronger than steel.

The material is expected to be used for security and military hardware. The graphene composite could be used to produce very strong and extra light weight bulletproof vests and security coverings for tanks and aircraft. The researcher’s claim that this graphene composite is an improvement over standard graphene. The material can be compressed to 5% its original size over 1000 times and can still revert back to its original form after compression.

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Haydale (AIM:HAYD) Wins Graphene Research Grants of Over $600K

Haydale (AIM: HAYD), the group focused on the commercialisation of graphene and other nano particle products using its proprietary plasma process is pleased to announce that the Group has recently been awarded a number of research grants, totalling over £450,000. Receipt of grant monies in full is subject to, inter alia, completion of final grant documentation and various project milestones being achieved. The projects relating to each grant are expected to have a variety of start dates (depending on timing of the final grant documentation) and run for a period of between 18 to 24 months. These new projects include:

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Is Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) Actually Associated With Graphene?

Tesla Motors Graphene BatteryI have noticed that every few months there are new articles that mention “Tesla Motors” and “Graphene.” And yet by the end of these articles I am still confused as to what stake Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) truly has in the graphene industry…or rather what stake graphene currently has in Tesla’s success. Maybe I am not good at reading comprehension. But I also suspect that many of these articles are simply trying to grab our attention, especially those written by biased (not independent) graphene websites. All I knew is that Tesla might be using graphene (graphite?) in a battery, but I did not know a whole lot more.

In this article I describe what meaningful association (if any) that I found between Tesla Motors and graphene. Is Tesla Motors even a graphene stock? First I searched for mentions of graphene directly from Tesla Motors Inc. via press releases, technical documentation, patent filings, blog posts and financial reports. I was unable to find any

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An Analysis of The List of Graphene Companies by Sector, Country and Public vs. Private

I recently read an article from investorintel.com which extrapolated data on global graphene manufacturing by country and manufacturing type. The data showed that the majority of graphene companies were based out of the United States with China in second.

Additionally their research showed that of the 76 graphene companies in their sample, 72% employed top down graphene production. Top down production is manufacturing graphene by means of graphite exfoliation. The leading alternative is the CVD or chemical vapor method which entails growing graphene on a layer of copper or silicon dioxide substrate.  Their research methodology is not completely known as sources of data were not provided.

This got me wondering, what does investingraphene.com’s List of Graphene Companies show? The list currently contains 152 companies. Here are the results:

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High Performance Bicycle Tires Enhanced With Graphene are Better, Faster and Stronger

vittoria graphene g+ tiresHigh performance bicycle tire manufacturer Vittoria has recently added two additional graphene enhanced tires to their product lineup. The company calls their graphene tire line technology G+:

What is G+?
It is “the material of the future” to cycling products. It is a nano-technology material that will help produce faster, stronger, lighter, and more resistant wheels and tires.

What are the benefits of G+ in carbon wheel applications?
The addition of this nano-technology material results in a faster, stronger, more resilient carbon-composite material. Qurano and Race tubular wheels have graphene-enhanced full-carbon rims that far outperform today’s best. This is the future of race wheels.

Graphene-enhanced composites have 10~30% improved material properties. Tests carried out by Vittoria R&D engineers, confirmed by external laboratories, found that introducing graphene into the rim’s carbon-fiber matrix has a great positive impact:

G+ reduces temperature build-up 
G+ increases spoke-hole strength measurably
G+ significantly improves lateral stiffness 
G+ has strong potential for a future product weight reduction

* G+ is the registered trademark of our technology partner Directa Plus Ltd.”

On Wednesday during the Interbike Press Preview, the Vittoria team enthusiastically shared the news about the new graphene tires. Some of the major benefits of the graphene tire is reduced rolling resistance and weight, with an improvement in durability. The reported reduction in rolling resistance is 32 seconds over 50km along with a marked improvement in grip.

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