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Process approach to making graphene dispersion decisions

Posted By Graphene Council, Thursday, September 17, 2020

Applied Graphene Materials was invited by The Graphene Council to participate in a webinar to look at how to use and apply graphene materials, in particular how to disperse into host materials. Some of the discussion points touched upon in this webinar include:

Making graphene work
If you can add graphene to it correctly you can make great use of the materials advantages

The Keys
• Application Technology - clear understanding of end-use
• 'How-to' data enables easy use of graphene
• Unlocking use of graphene

Dispersion decision flow chart
• What could graphene do for product enhancement?
• Understand where it will be used and when to be added
• Compatibility - will graphene addition upset the balance of the rest of the formulation?

• Is the dispersion stable or does it sediment out?
• Can it be recovered? How?
• What are the implications for end-customer use?

Tags:  Applied Graphene Materials  Graphene  The Graphene Council  webinar 

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2019 Annual Report - 2020 Look Forward

Posted By Terrance Barkan, Monday, December 9, 2019
Updated: Sunday, December 8, 2019

An Open Letter to Members of The Graphene Council

Dear Member, 

With 2019 drawing to a close, I want to reflect on everything we have achieved together this past year while also looking forward to what promises to be a highly successful 2020. 

As I write this I am at the University of Manchester, UK, the “home of graphene” where we will have two days of meetings with leading academics including Prof. Ian Kinloch, the Morgan Advanced Materials/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Carbon Materials and a leader of the Advanced Nanostructures Group within the School of Materials and the National Graphene Institute. 

In addition, we will have an opportunity to engage with Sir Professor Andre Geim, one of the two Nobel Laureates recognized for isolating graphene.

The meetings at the UoM will also be an occasion to meet with business leaders and R&D professionals from a select group Global 100 companies that are evaluating how to leverage and commercialize graphene materials. 

From the very beginning in 2013 when The Graphene Council was created, our focus has been to support graphene commercial adoption on a global scale.

Our strategy has been to connect the entire ecosystem, from university based researchers to innovative graphene producers, to established end-user industry companies looking for the next advancement in materials. 

The result is that we have successfully attracted a cross section of leading universities, graphene producers and industry sector companies from around the world as formal members of The Graphene Council. 

An important piece of our strategy to promote graphene has been the development of strategic partnerships with leading sector associations, publications and innovation platforms. 

These partnerships have provided unique opportunities for The Graphene Council and for our highly valued Corporate and University member organizations to reach end-users and customers for their graphene and graphene enhanced solutions. 

At the same time, our strategic partners gain access to the most up-to-date and accurate information available about commercially produced graphene materials and solutions, helping our partners to educate and inform their members. 

Strategic Partners include;

  • The Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre (GEIC) at the University of Manchester, UK (The Graphene Council is a founding Affiliate Member)
  • The American Composite Manufacturers Association (ACMA) representing 4,000+ composites manufacturing companies and their supply chain. 
  • TechConnect, a community of more than 400,000 individuals searching for innovative materials and solutions, representing Fortune 500 companies, the defense sector and technology scouts. 
  • IDTechEx, the hosts of Graphene & 2D Materials trade shows in the US and Europe each year as part of a multidiscipline, co-located event that also features wearable and flexible electronics, energy storage and other topics that are complimentary to graphene. 
  • The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), a global association of more than 80,000 plastics engineers, representing thermoplastic and thermoset applications. 
  • Composites World (CW), the leading trade publication for the composites sector with a readership in excess of 25,000 composites professionals. 
  • JEC World, organizers of the leading trade show for the composites sector in Europe with 9,000 annual attendees and additional events in Asia and the US.
  • SAE International, an association of 200,000 transportation related engineers. This organization sets the standards and specifications for the automotive and aerospace sectors and is a critical ally to get graphene introduced to these massive industries. 
  • The Society for Specialty Protective Coatings (SSPC), a professional association focused on the protection and preservation of concrete, steel, and other industrial and marine structures and surfaces through the use of high-performance, protective, marine and industrial coatings.
  • NACE International, a global society for corrosion specialists with approximately 40,000 members and a certification for those that provide anti-corrosion protection to critical infrastructure around the world. 
  • The Advanced Materials Show (Europe and US) bringing together leading companies that are searching for innovative materials and solutions. 

In addition to the partnerships already agreed, we are working on other sectors including Sensors, Energy Storage and Cement/Concrete to identify just few. Our mission is to help our Corporate and University members to effectively connect with their target audiences in key industries. 

Standards and Verification

The development of Standards in any industry is a critical activity but also one that is incredibly slow and time consuming. As a relatively new material, standards development for graphene is still a work in progress.

While this process plays out through the formal standards development bodies in the ISO system, The Graphene Council has launched the Verified Graphene Producer™ program to provide independent third party, in-person evaluation of graphene producers. As graphene is increasingly embraced by large established companies, they will require supply chain validation and the Verified Graphene Producer™ program can play an important role. 

We were very pleased to announce earlier this year that Versrien plc successfully completed a rigorous physical inspection at their production facility which included a full characterization of a random material sample that was performed by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in the UK. The NPL is arguably the most experienced metrology lab in the world when it comes to characterizing graphene materials.

Communications, Reports and Commercial Updates

Through our weekly Graphene Intelligence Brief, The Graphene Council provides up-to-date information on graphene commercial, research and patent developments on a global scale. 

In addition, we host webinars and podcasts ("Graphene Talk"), using social media channels (LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter) and direct emails to reach more than 25k materials scientists, researchers and professionals. 

We were very proud that Nature Nanotechnology asked us to write an exclusive editorial piece for their special Graphene 15th Anniversary Issue. Our article, Graphene: The Hype versus the Commercial Reality” generated great interest and feedback. 

In June 2019, we posted "Graphene Commercialization Update", highlighting recent developments which has already been viewed more than 8,500 times on YouTube.  

Plans for 2020

Looking forward to 2020, we see real momentum building for graphene commercial adoption as we pass the "valley of death" and enter the next phase of market maturation.

Strong signals are being sent with virtually all graphene producers reporting increased sales and announcements of actual products and applications. From The Graphene Council perspective, we are also getting increased queries from end-users across a wide range of applications looking for qualified sources of supply. 

The challenge to date has been to produce graphene at commercial scales. This problem has largely been solved with multiple graphene producing companies able to deliver in the multi-tonne range. 

The challenge going forward will be a.) to scale for very large volume applications (e.g. cement, asphalt, plastics, etc.) and b.) to have graphene producers collaborate as very large customers demand multiple sources of supply. 

Priorities for 2020 

The Graphene Council will continue to disseminate information to end-user markets through our strategic partners and communication campaigns so that companies, engineers, R&D teams and other interested parties receive accurate, neutral, informed and up-to-date intelligence on graphene materials and graphene producer companies. 

At the same time, we will provide our university and graphene producer members with actionable intelligence and contacts with qualified industry partners looking to develop graphene enhanced solutions or projects. 

Priority areas for The Graphene Council in 2020 include:

  • Confidentiality and Trust - we will continue to be a neutral platform for all stakeholders, with a solid appreciation for confidentiality, integrity, transparency and accuracy in our business dealings. 
  • Collaboration - we will work with our industry, university and sector partners to promote graphene as an innovative advanced material through multi-channel communications and in-person presentations. 
  • Standards - we will continue to provide input and guidance to standards bodies that reflect the needs of the commercial market for graphene.
  • Verification - we will encourage the adoption of the Verified Graphene Producer™ and the Verified Graphene Product™ programs to provide greater transparency and confidence to the graphene marketplace.
  • Market Intelligence - we will maintain the most up-to-date and comprehensive global database of graphene producer companies, tracking the types and volumes of materials produced and sold. 
  • Advisory Services - through a global team of subject matter experts from academia and industry, we will provide consulting and advisory services as a trusted, neutral and independent sector organization free from any conflicts of interest. 
  • Commercial Connections - we will continue to connect queries we receive from potential graphene customers or project sponsors with our member organizations, facilitating relationships between those looking for graphene with those that supply it. 

Our mission for 2020 will continue to be the acceleration of graphene commercial adoption, advocating on behalf of our members and connecting the growing, global graphene community.


Member Dues enable us to support the graphene industry through the many communication and advocacy activities we are engaged in year-round.

Membership dues effective from 1 January 2020 will be: 

Companies with ≥1,000 employees or ≥USD 100 million in revenue:   USD $5,500

Companies with <1,000 employees and <$100 million in revenue:   USD $3,000

Universities    USD $3,000

*Organizational Membership includes a copy of the newly expanded and updated "The Graphene Report", a USD $5,000 value. It also includes the weekly Graphene Intelligence Briefing covering global graphene commercial, research and patent filing news. Organizations can have an unlimited number of individual subscriptions to the weekly Graphene Intelligence Briefing for your employees / students as a member organization! 


Graphene commercialization has clearly reached a tipping point. The sector has evolved over the past few years from "can we make this stuff" to, "can we meet the demands of more than 45 industry sectors that have identified graphene enhanced materials as a key innovation pathway?"

The Graphene Council will continue to be the largest, most trusted, independent and neutral body for graphene commercialization on a global scale. 

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If you would like more information about The Graphene Council and how

we can add value for your organization, contact me personally:

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Versarien achieves "Verified Graphene Producer" status.

Posted By Terrance Barkan, Monday, April 1, 2019
Updated: Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Graphene Council is pleased to announce that Versarien plc is the first graphene company in the world to successfully complete the Verified Graphene Producer program, an independent, third party verification system that involves a physical inspection of the production facilities, a review of the entire production process, a random sample of product material and rigorous characterization and testing by a first class, international materials laboratory. 

The Verified Graphene Producer program is an important step to bring transparency and clarity to a rapidly changing and opaque market for graphene materials, providing graphene customers with a level of confidence that has not existed before. 

“We are pleased to have worked with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in the UK, regarded as one of the absolute top facilities for metrology and graphene characterization in the world.
They have provided outstanding analytical expertise for the materials testing portion of the program including Raman Spectroscopy, XPS, AFM and SEM testing services.” stated Terrance Barkan CAE, Executive Director of The Graphene Council.
Andrew Pollard, Science Area Leader of the Surface Technology Group, National Physical Laboratory, said: “In order to develop real-world products that can benefit from the ‘wonder material’, graphene, we first need to fully understand its properties, reliably and reproducibly.
 “Whilst international measurement standards are currently being developed, it is critical that material characterisation is performed to the highest possible level.
As the UK’s National Measurement Institute (NMI) with a focus on developing the metrology of graphene and related 2D materials, we aim to be an independent third party in the testing of graphene material for companies and associations around the world, such as The Graphene Council.” 
Neill Ricketts, CEO of Versarien said: “We are delighted that Versarien is the first graphene producer in the world to successfully complete the Graphene Council’s Verified Graphene Producer programme.”
“This is a huge validation of our technology and will enable our partners and potential customers to have confidence that the graphene we produce meets globally accepted standards.”


“There are many companies that claim to be graphene producers, but to enjoy the benefits that this material can deliver requires high quality, consistent product to be supplied.  The Verified Producer programme is designed to verify that our production facilities, processes and tested material meet the stringent requirements laid down by The Graphene Council.”

 “I am proud that Versarien has been independently acclaimed as a Verified Graphene Producer and look forward to making further progress with our collaboration partners and numerous other parties that we are in discussions with.”

James Baker CEng FIET, the CEO of Graphene@Manchester (which includes coordinating the efforts of the National Graphene Institute and the Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre [GEIC]) stated: “We applaud The Graphene Council for promoting independent third party verification for graphene producers that is supported by world class metrology and characterization services."

"This is an important contribution to the commercialization of graphene as an industrial material and are proud to have The Graphene Council as an Affiliate Member of the Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre (GEIC) here in Manchester ”. 

Successful commercialization of graphene materials requires not only the ability to produce graphene to a declared specification but to be able to do so at a commercial scale.

It is nearly impossible for a graphene customer to verify the type of material they are receiving without going through an expensive and time consuming process of having sample materials fully characterized by a laboratory that has the equipment and expertise to test graphene. 

The Verified Graphene Producer program developed by The Graphene Council provides a level of independent inspection and verification that is not available anywhere else. 

If you would like more information about the Verified Graphene Producer program or about other services and benefits provided by The Graphene Council, please contact;

Terrance Barkan CAE

Executive Director, The Graphene Council  or directly at  +1 202 294 5563

Tags:  Andrew Pollard  Andy Pollard  Graphene  Graphene Standards  James Baker  Manchester  National Physical Laboratory  Neill Ricketts  NPL  Standards  Terrance Barkan  The Graphene Council  University of Manchester  UoM  Verified Graphene Producer  Versarien 

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Strategic Insight Paper Explores Graphene's Impact

Posted By Graphene Council, The Graphene Council, Monday, March 25, 2019
Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2019
The International Sign Association (ISA)  is marking its 75th anniversary by giving back to the sign, graphics and visual communications industry. A series of white papers will explore future technologies expected to impact the industry.

The first Strategic Insight paper, Nanomaterials: Giant Changes Coming from the Tiniest of Materials, was written by Dexter Johnson, senior science editor/analyst for the Graphene Council. It explores nanomaterials and their potential uses in protective applications, thin-film electronics (i.e. flexible displays and electronics), digital displays, pigments for inks and paper.

"ISA was founded in 1944 by visionaries who wanted to see how they could grow the industry and their businesses," said Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO. "As we mark the 75th anniversary, it only seems fitting that we honor their legacy by looking forward as well. These Strategic Insight papers, written by leading thinkers from inside and outside our industry, will help companies explore the next iteration of the sign, graphics and visual communications industry in a way that honors our founders."

Tags:  Graphene  International Sign Association  nanomaterials  The Graphene Council 

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Graphene Nanomaterials Unlocking New Possibilities

Posted By Terrance Barkan, Friday, March 8, 2019

Since the isolation of graphene in 2004 ( a single plane of sp2 carbon bonded atoms in a hexagonal honeycomb lattice), there has been a significant amount of research and application development work in academic and industrial organizations world-wide. 

Today, graphene is being produced and used in commercial quantities in a wide range of application areas, from  energy storage to construction materials. In fact, more than 40 discreet industries and applications are set to be disrupted by the extraordinary properties of a range of graphene materials.

Although the original definition of graphene is carbon as a single layer of atoms, commercial forms of graphene include; CVD Monolayer, Graphene Nano-platelets (GNPs), Graphene Oxide and various forms of functionalized graphene depending on the the intended application.


There are more than 200 companies world-wide that claim to produce graphene materials with new companies entering the sector every day.

The Graphene Council was founded in 2013 to represent the graphene community, including researchers, producers, application developers and end users. Today our community includes more than 20,000 material scientists and R&D professionals world-wide. 

We are actively working to support and advance the commercial adoption of graphene though the development of standards as members of the ISO/ANSI/IEC standards working groups as well as our quality control initiative,  the Verified Graphene Producers program which includes in-person inspections and testing of material at leading laboratories, like the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in the UK,

The Graphene Council is also a founding Affiliate Member of the Graphene Engineering and Innovation Center (GEIC) at the University of Manchester. The GEIC allows for the rapid prototyping and testing of graphene enhanced products through the use of onsite industrial grade equipment and material characterization tools. 

If you are interested in learning how graphene can unlock new performance gains for your products or if you have new application ideas, contact us. 

Our global team of experts can help you identify the right partners and materials for your objectives. Contact us for more information. 


Graphene was first isolated at the 

University of Manchester in 2004 by 

Dr. Andre Geim and Dr. Konstantin Novoselov 

for which they received the 

Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010.


Tags:  Andre Geim  graphene  Konstantin Novoselov  Nobel  the graphene council  The Graphene Flagship 

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