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First Graphene appoints Andy Goodwin as non-executive director

Posted By Graphene Council, Thursday, July 2, 2020
Advanced materials company First Graphene has appointed Andy Goodwin as non-executive director and senior scientific advisor, and Paul Ladislaus as chief technology officer. Dr  Goodwin joined First Graphene in 2017, initially as a technical advisor before becoming chief technology officer in September 2018. 

Mr  Ladislaus joined the company in November 2018 as senior process engineer and has since led manufacturing process upgrades, product quality programmes and R&D projects in rubber, plastics and supercapacitor technologies.

Tags:  Andy Goodwin  First Graphene  Graphene  Paul Ladislaus 

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Leading the charge with Game Changing Supercapacitors

Posted By Graphene Council, Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Working closely with the University of Manchester, First Graphene Ltd. has developed high performing materials for the manufacture of Game Changing Supercapacitors.

First Graphene were quick to recognise the potential of the technology for the manufacture of high-performing supercapacitor devices. The company also realised that the materials could be manufactured using their existing graphene manufacturing capabilities and a worldwide, exclusive licence agreement was signed in September 2019.

The need for a Game Changing Supercapacitors has been confirmed by end-users in the aerospace, marine engineering, electric vehicle and utility storage sectors. The company continues to receive regular enquiries from end-users in these sectors.

The materials were first isolated in the research teams of Professor Robert Dryfe and Professor Ian Kinloch at the University of Manchester.

Prof. Robert Dryfe comments "Our research has developed a route to produce state-of-the-art materials, combining the attractive properties of graphene materials and metal oxides. The initial work showed that these materials could have significant applications in energy storage”.

Our global appetite for energy continues to grow at an alarming rate, driven by population growth, increasing urbanisation and improving standards of living.

At the same time, the environmental imperative to reduce the carbon emissions associated with energy consumption is driving changes in the way we make, distribute and use energy. Traditional carbon dioxide (CO2)-generating energy sources are being replaced by cleaner, renewable sources. For these greener energy sources to be effective, a new generation of energy storage and distribution is required.

Chemical batteries such as lithium ion have achieved widespread adoption for energy storage across industry sectors, such as mobile devices and electric vehicles as they offer high power-density, mobility and multiple charges. Even lithium ion batteries have not reached full adoption in high-volume industries where high cost, high weight, range anxiety and long charging times are concerns.

Supercapacitors are being evaluated as an alternative and complementary energy storage device that offer high power-density and short charging times. They are already used in laptops, actuators and some electric vehicles. When combined with lithium-ion batteries the supercapacitor enables higher power charging and discharging and the use of a lighter, lower cost Li-ion battery.

It is clear that industry needs Game Changing Supercapacitor storage devices with high energy density and high-power density. The devices must have rapid and safe charging through multiple cycles.

The new supercapacitor materials were first isolated at the university by Professor Robert Dryfe and Professor Ian Kinloch. By extending their work on the electrochemical manufacture of graphene materials they were able to synthesise graphene materials decorated with metal oxide nanostructures that show great promise for high performing supercapacitor devices, materials with very high capacitance of up to 500 Farads/gram were isolated which outperform existing materials[1].

First Graphene Ltd. is a Tier 1 partner in the Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre at the University of Manchester and have an excellent working relationship with the academic groups at the University.

Andy Goodwin, Chief Technology Officer of First Graphene Ltd., remembers “In a presentation by Professor Kinloch our attention was drawn to these high value hybrid-graphene materials and it was clear that the materials could be manufactured by a process that we already operated at tonnage scale. We started licence negotiations immediately.”

Since the licence agreement was concluded the technology has benefitted from UK government support through an EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Council) project to transfer the technology from the University laboratories to First Graphene laboratories. This project has been very successful and has demonstrated that the metal oxide decorated graphenes can be rapidly scaled to multi-kilogrammanufacture. The project will conclude in the next few months when further results will be published.

Professor Robert Dryfe adds “The collaboration with First Graphene has been excellent: both in terms of their know-how on scale-up of production, and their commercial insight".

Tags:  Andy Goodwin  First Graphene Ltd  Graphene  Ian Kinloch  Robert Dryfe  Supercapacitors  University of Manchester 

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Concrete results: First Graphene and University of Adelaide use graphene to produce high-strength cement

Posted By Graphene Council, Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Graphene additives from First Graphene have been shown to increase the strength of cement mortar significantly, enabling the construction of lighter and more environmentally friendly buildings and civil engineering structures.

In a paper published in the journal Construction and Building Materials, researchers at the University of Adelaide report that the addition of just small amounts of First Graphene’s PureGRAPH® products to cement can increase the building material’s compressive and tensile strengths by 34% and 27%, respectively.

These findings are significant given the impact that the production of cement has on the environment. Cement is the source of about 8% of the world's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to the UK's Royal Institute of International Affairs. If the cement industry were a country, it would be the third largest emitter in the world, behind China and the US. It contributes more CO2 than aviation fuel (2.5%) and is not far behind the global agriculture business (12%)[1].

Chief technology officer, at First Graphene, Dr. Andy Goodwin, says: “By increasing the strength of concrete with PureGRAPH®, we can use less material to produce a structure with the necessary mechanical properties. If it was to be adopted across the construction industry, we believe that the use of PureGRAPH® could cut global CO2 emissions by approximately 2.5%.”

The University of Adelaide researchers have tested a number of graphene-enhanced mortars, and they have found that a mixture containing 0.07%-by-weight ultra-large size (56 ± 12 µm) pristine PureGRAPH® possesses optimal mechanical properties. This enhancement is attributed to improvements in the degree to which the cement paste hydrates, which results in the production of more calcium silicate hydrate gel. Adhesive bonds are also created as a result of friction generated between the sheets of PureGRAPH® and the cement gels, strengthening the cement matrix composites and impeding the development of cracks within them.

These benefits are achieved with little-to-no modification to the mortar production process. Dr. Andy Goodwin says: “The PureGRAPH® concrete additive was introduced as an admixture directly in the water used for preparing the cement mortar. No additional mixing equipment or processing steps were required.”

First Graphene has developed an electrochemical process that enables the tonnage-scale manufacture of pristine, high-aspect-ratio platelets of graphene with a typical thickness of 5-10 carbon layers. Dr. Andy Goodwin concludes: “The initial results obtained by the University of Adelaide researchers using our graphene are extremely encouraging. We look forward to the next stage in our partnership, as we continue to develop leaner, greener concrete materials.”

Tags:  Andy Goodwin  construction  First Graphene  Graphene  University of Adelaide 

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First Graphene to develop graphene-based energy storage materials for supercapacitors

Posted By Graphene Council, The Graphene Council, Tuesday, September 24, 2019
First Graphene has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with the University of Manchester to develop graphene-hybrid materials for use in supercapacitors. The licencing agreement is for patented technology for the manufacture of metal oxide decorated graphene materials, using a proprietary electrochemical process.

The graphene-hybrid materials will have the potential to create a new generation of supercapacitors, for use in applications ranging from electric vehicles to elevators and cranes. Supercapacitors offer high power-density energy storage, with the possibility of multiple charge/discharge cycles and short charging times. The market for supercapacitor devices is forecast to grow at 20% per year to approximately USD 2.1 billion by 2022. Growth may, however, be limited by the availability of suitable
materials.

Supercapacitors typically use microporous carbon nanomaterials, which have a gravimetric capacitance between 50 and 150 Farads/g. Research carried out by the University of Manchester shows that high capacitance materials incorporating graphene are capable of reaching up to 500 Farads/g. This will significantly increase the operational performance of supercapacitors in a wide range of applications, as well as increasing the available supply of materials.

Published research1 by Prof. Robert Dryfe and Prof. Ian Kinloch of The University of Manchester reveals how high capacity, microporous materials can be manufactured by the electrochemical processing of graphite raw materials. These use transition metal ions to create metal oxide decorated graphene materials, which have an extremely high gravimetric capacitance, to 500 Farads/g.

Prof. Dryfe has secured funding from the UK EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Council) for further optimisation of metal oxide/graphene materials. Following successful completion of this study, FGR is planning to build a pilot-scale production unit at its laboratories within the Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre (GEIC). It is anticipated that this will be the first step in volume production in the UK, to enable the introduction of these materials to supercapacitor device manufacturers.

Andy Goodwin, Chief Technology Officer of First Graphene Ltd says: “This investment is a direct result of our presence at the Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre. It emphasises the importance of effective external relationships with university research partners. The programme is also aligned with the UK government’s industrial strategy grand challenges and we’ll be pursuing further support for the development of our business within the UK.”

James Baker, Chief Executive of Graphene@Manchester, added: “We are really pleased with this further development of our partnership with First Graphene. The University’s Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre is playing a key role in supporting the acceleration of graphene products and applications through the development of a critical supply chain of material supply and in the development of applications for industry. This latest announcement marks a significant step in our Graphene City developments, which looks to create a unique innovation ecosystem here in the Manchester city-region, the home of graphene.”

Tags:  Andy Goodwin  Energy Storage  First Graphene  Graphene  Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre  Ian Kinloch  James Baker  nanomaterials  Robert Dryfe  supercapacitors  University of Manchester 

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First Graphene to Participate in Global Graphene Industrial Events

Posted By Graphene Council, The Graphene Council, Friday, April 5, 2019
Updated: Thursday, April 4, 2019

First Graphene, is pleased to announce it will be attending key industry events in April and May, including the IDTechEx Show in Berlin on 10th and 11th April 2019 and the American Graphene Summit in Washington DC on 21st and 22nd May 2019. Attendance of these conferences is integral to the marketing campaign elevating the Company’s presence and underlining its ability to supply industry with high quality PureGRAPH™ in tonnage volumes. 

First Graphene will showcase their industry-leading range of PureGRAPH™ graphene products and demonstrate the progress made with industrial-scale customers in composite and elastomer applications. 

IDTechEx Show, 10-11 April 2019, Berlin 

Dr Andy Goodwin (Chief Technology Officer) and Paul Ladislaus (Senior Process Engineer) will attend the exhibition. Andy Goodwin will also give a presentation at the conference titled “Delivering the Graphene Revolution”.

First Graphene will provide an update on the characterisation of PureGRAPH™ which confirms the excellent quality of these low defect, high aspect ratio, few layer graphene products and how these technical features enhance the properties of polymer composites. The latest examples of commercially adopted applications will be reviewed together with an update on the regulatory status of the PureGRAPH™ product range. The Company will also display table top examples of graphene adoption in industrial applications. 

The IDTechEx Show covers a number of high-growth emerging technologies, providing insight on the applications and latest technical and market progress of each. 

Craig McGuckin, Managing Director First Graphene Ltd commented “Attending these events is part of our ongoing programme to introduce First Graphene to target markets and in the case of the Graphene Summit to support the global growth of the graphene
industry”.

Tags:  Andy Goodwin  Craig McGuckin  First Graphene  Graphene  Neil Armstrong  Paul Ladislaus 

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First Graphene Presents at Graphene Automotive 2019 in Detroit

Posted By Graphene Council, The Graphene Council, Thursday, March 7, 2019
First Graphene's  Chief Technology Officer, Dr Andy Goodwin made a presentation at the Graphene Automotive 2019 conference and exhibition in Detroit on 4th and 5th March 2019. Andy was also invited to chair Day 1 of the conference. 

First Graphene provided an update on the measures that have been implemented to ensure the batch to batch quality of PureGRAPH™ products manufactured at Henderson, Western Australia. The Company also presented the latest information on the fundamental properties of PureGRAPH™ products underlining these are righty called graphene materials and also contained an update of progress in key applications. 

The new fundamental data indicates PureGRAPH™ is a low-defect, high aspect ratio graphene product with low metal and silicon contaminations levels. PureGRAPH™ has been shown by microscopy to contain high levels of Few Layer Graphene platelets. Raman analysis indicates the average platelet thickness is < 10 layers. 

One of the impediments to a more rapid commercialisation of graphene has been the inconsistency of quality material available for purchase. While many organisations state they can produce graphene, buyers have had issues with quality. Recognising this issue, FGR has gone to considerable lengths to ensure a high-quality product fit for delivery to industry.

"We continue to implement testing and monitoring tools that ensure the quality of PureGRAPH™ products for our customers” said Craig McGuckin, Managing Director First Graphene Ltd. “we will also continue to publish the more fundamental information on our products as this information becomes available from our ongoing collaborations with leading universities”. 

Tags:  Andy Goodwin  Craig McGuckin  First Graphene  Graphene  graphene platelets 

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Andy Goodwin joins First Graphite Limited

Posted By Terrance Barkan, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 

Advanced materials company, First Graphite Limited (ASX: FGR) has announced the appointment of Dr Andy Goodwin as a consultant to the Company. 

For the last five years Dr Goodwin has been Business Director, Advanced Materials Division, at Thomas Swan & Co Limited in Consett UK. Thomas Swan and Co, a private company, is one of the leading graphene companies based in the UK.

Dr Goodwin has been primarily responsible for development and commercialisation of graphene products. Not only will Dr Goodwin be of great assistance to First Graphite as it prepares to take its products to the market, but his location in the UK will give the Company a valuable presence and capability in the important, expanding market for graphene in Europe. 

Prior to joining Thomas Swan Dr Goodwin was the Global Science & Technology Manager – Solar, for Dow Corning Corporation, in the USA. Dr Goodwin has a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry and an MTE Diploma from the International Institute for Management Development Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

Dr Goodwin will take up his position with the Company in early October 2017. 

Commenting on this appointment, FGR’s Managing Director Craig McGuckin said 

“We are very pleased to have Andy joining our team. I believe his decision to join FGR validates the approach we have taken to progressing our advanced materials projects and IP. Andy has proven leadership capabilities with global teams and a successful track record of delivering results in both corporate and small business environments. His being based in the UK will be particularly helpful in assisting with working with our European and UK based clients. 

The board welcomes Andy to our growing team and looks forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship”

 

Dr. Andy Goodwin likewise commented on his new role:

 

“I'm pleased to be joining the FGR team and helping to grow the business - FGR has a great position in high quality graphite RMs, a low cost graphene production process and an appetite for downstream opportunities. There's plenty to be excited about.”

Tags:  Andy Goodwin  First Graphite 

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