One of the major problems identified in our survey of the global graphene community was the lack of agreed standards for graphene materials.
In addition, there is a tremendous lack of transparency into the actual quality and characteristics of material that is being produced and sold as "graphene".
Survey respondents reported that batches of graphene were often inconsistent (even from the same producer) or were not material that could seriously be considered graphene. (More like micro-graphite).
This is not only a problem for customers, researchers and users of purchased materials, it is a problem for legitimate graphene producers to differentiate themselves from companies that claim to be selling graphene but that are instead producing some other forms of carbon containing materials.
The lack of an agreed global standard for graphene and closely related materials creates a vacuum and lack of trust in the marketplace for industrial scale adoption of graphene materials. This is true even though forms of graphene and reduced graphene oxide have proven to provide outstanding performance improvements in composites, inks and 3D filaments to name but a few examples.
I would like to hear from you if you agree with this view and if you feel that the establishment of a regime to certify the quality / characteristics of commercially available graphene products is a good idea.
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