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ZEN Graphene Solutions Provides Corporate Update

Posted By Graphene Council, Thursday, September 3, 2020
ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. (“ZEN” or the “Company”) (TSXV:ZEN) is pleased to report that industry and university laboratories fully re-opened in late July-early August after a 4 month hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic and they have re-started ZEN’s collaborative R&D programs. ZEN will report shortly on significant progress being made in multiple programs, one of which has resulted in the preparation of a patent filing that is central to ZEN’s business plan.

The company is also pleased to announce the recent award of two NSERC Alliance COVID-19 project grants, a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship grant, and two Mitacs Accelerate grants for a total of $355,000 to its university collaborators increasing ZEN’s total research and development budget for the next 12 months to over $1.4M. The new grants are outlined below:

• University of Guelph, Prof. Aicheng Chen, “Development of Advanced Graphene-Based Antiviral Nanocomposites against COVID-19″ ($50,000 NSERC Alliance COVID-19 and $150,000 Mitacs Accelerate over one year);

• University of Ottawa, Prof. Jean-Michel Ménard, “Graphene-based surface coating to prevent fomite transmission of COVID-19” ($50,000 NSERC Alliance COVID-19 over one year);

• University of British Columbia – Okanagan, Prof. Mohammad Arjmand (Supervisor), Dr. Seyyedarash Haddadi (Postdoctoral Fellow), “Graphene-based Corrosion Protective Coatings” ($60,000 Mitacs Elevate over one year and renewable for a second year); and

• University of Toronto, Prof. Daman Panesar (Supervisor), Dr. Tanvir Qureshi (Intern), “Nano-engineered concrete and composites with advanced graphene-based 2D nanomaterials ($45,000 Mitacs Accelerate over one year)

Environmental Baseline Program Update

Additionally, the Company reports that, after a necessary break in travel and field activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has re-engaged ERM Canada Ltd. (“ERM”) and CSA Global (“CSA”, an ERM company) to continue with an abbreviated environmental baseline program for the Albany Project. This program will focus on project definition and planning, and on a laboratory-based geochemical baseline study.

The key aim of this work will be to consider the potential approach to mining the Albany resource based on ZEN’s current Vision of Project, and then to develop a roadmap to identify the key work that will be required to advance the Project to the next stage. Integrated project planning will include work to be completed across corporate, engineering, environment, social, and permitting functions.

ZEN will work closely with the ERM-CSA team of scientists, biologists, and engineers; ERM is leading the activities associated with this program on behalf of ZEN. ERM is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, social and sustainability consulting services with over three decades of experience in the Canadian mining industry.

Francis Dubé, ZEN CEO commented, “Our research and development work, with the goal of building an IP portfolio, is central to ZEN’s business plan and I am grateful to see our collaborators back in their labs. Workplace health and safety is paramount and new protocols in line with Health Canada’s recommendations are now in place at all of the industry and university labs.”

ZEN Graphene Solutions is seeking advanced applied graphene-related research projects where ZEN could support this research by providing customized graphene materials and, in some cases, funding in exchange for some commercialization rights to be negotiated. Please submit your proposals in confidence to researchproposals@ZENGraphene.com.

Mr. Peter Wood, P.Eng, P.Geo., President of ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd., is the “Qualified Person” for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed, prepared and supervised the preparation of the technical information contained in this news release.

Tags:  2D nanomaterials  Aicheng Chen  COVID-19  Daman Panesar  Francis Dubé  Graphene  Jean-Michel Ménard  Mohammad Arjmand  Peter Wood  Seyyedarash Haddadi  Tanvir Qureshi  University of British Columbia  University of Guelph  University of Ottawa  University of Toronto  ZEN Graphene Solutions 

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Independent University Research Confirms and Quantifies Ease of Conversion of ZEN Graphene’s Albany PureTM Graphite to Graphene

Posted By Graphene Council, Monday, August 10, 2020
ZEN Graphene Solutions is pleased to announce that a recent peer reviewed research article clearly demonstrates that ZEN’s Albany Graphite exfoliates more easily than other commercially available flake graphite test samples. Significantly, this article provides quantitative data that ZEN’s Albany PureTM Graphite has the highest exfoliation rate constant of the materials tested, indicating that it exfoliates more easily than the other materials.

This study was recently published in the peer reviewed journal, Carbon and utilizes an interfacial trapping exfoliation process which is spontaneous and driven by the spreading of graphene at a liquid-liquid interface between two immiscible fluids (e.g. oil and water) and thus lowering the free energy of the system. The article reported “the time to reach full emulsion for the Albany PureTM material was much shorter than for other graphite reference material (Figure 1). The paper also concluded that “the source of the graphite plays a role in the exfoliation in addition to the flake size”. This advantage will likely translate into a more efficient and economic exfoliation process as the company advances towards commercialization.  Additional testing was also conducted to compare the purified East Pipe and West Pipe material and confirmed very similar exfoliation rates for the two pipes as shown in Figure 2 below.

Francis Dubé, ZEN CEO commented, “We have known for a long time that our material exfoliated into graphene faster and better than flake graphite but quantifying it so clearly was a significant confirmation. I want to thank Prof. Douglas Adamson at UConn for his excellent research!”

These results provide additional third-party confirmation that Albany PureTM Graphite exfoliates more easily than other commercially available graphite material and supports the results that were published by Dr. Yoshihiko Arao, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Tokyo Tech and reported in an October 16, 2018 news release. In this article, it was reported that the particle size was linked to the ease of producing graphene from graphite through exfoliation – the smaller the feed graphite particle, the easier to exfoliate. The researchers further concluded that, due to the size of its flakes, the exfoliation productivity of graphite derived from ZEN’s Albany PureTM Graphite performed up to 1500% better than the researchers’ reference flake graphite materials. Interestingly, in the UConn study, the ZEN samples had a slightly larger flake size than the other graphite samples, yet still showed faster exfoliation. The company surmises that the turbostratic nature along with the slightly larger d-spacing between the layers were the reason why Albany PureTM Graphite performed better in this study.

Tags:  Francis Dubé  Graphene  Graphite  ZEN Graphene Solutions 

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ZEN Begins Commercial Collaborations

Posted By Graphene Council, Thursday, July 30, 2020

ZEN Graphene Solutions is pleased to announce it has commenced collaborations with research teams at a number of personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturers to incorporate ZEN’s virucidal graphene ink into commercial products, including masks, gloves, gowns and other clothing following Zen’s promising results for an antiviral, graphene-based ink formulation from The University of Western Ontario’s ImPaKT Facility, biosafety Level 3 lab.

The company continues to optimize its proprietary formulation for dosage and delivery mechanism for highest antiviral impact. The next phase of testing is currently underway at the ImPaKT Facility and includes a preferred mask fabric, from one of our collaborators, coated in ZEN’s virucidal ink exposed to and tested against the COVID-19 virus.

Dr. Francis Dubé CEO commented, “Based on results so far and our discussions with the team at Western, we are quickly moving to integrate our material into commercial products with partners who wish to increase the level of COVID-19 protection their products currently offer.”

ZEN continues to be interested in collaborating with any PPE manufacturer that is looking to incorporate an antiviral compound into their products with the goal of bringing them to market and help the fight against COVID-19.

Tags:  Francis Dubé  Graphene  Healthcare  The University of Western Ontario  ZEN Graphene Solutions 

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ZEN Graphene Solutions Partners with Evercloak and NGen for Graphene in Cleantech Manufacturing Project

Posted By Graphene Council, Friday, July 10, 2020
ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. (“ZEN” or the “Company”) (TSXV:ZEN) is pleased to announce that Evercloak Inc. (Evercloak) and ZEN have been awarded $125,000 each as part of a Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) Project.  The project entitled “Advancing Large-Scale Graphene and Thin-Film Membrane Manufacturing” will support the scale up of graphene oxide (GO) production by ZEN to supply GO to Evercloak for their scale up and optimizing activities. NGen supports collaborative technology projects that enable the development of world-leading advanced manufacturing capabilities in Canada.

Francis Dubé, ZEN CEO commented, “ZEN is pleased to support Canadian graphene-based innovations and Evercloak is a wonderful example of what can be achieved with nanomaterials and Canadian entrepreneurship.  NGen supports the accelerated development of high potential technologies such as our graphene collaboration. We look forward to helping Evercloak bring breakthrough technology to everyday life.”

Evelyn Allen, Evercloak CEO stated, “Evercloak is thrilled to be working closely with ZEN to advance graphene-based manufacturing processes in Canada. The NGen Project funding will enable Evercloak to further optimize our membrane manufacturing process, while strengthening collaborations with ZEN, a Canadian graphene technology solutions company.”

“Graphene has long promised to deliver immense benefits across a diverse range of technology applications. This collaborative project between ZEN and Evercloak will fundamentally transform the manufacturing of graphene thin films and will bring forward environmentally friendly solutions in strategic clean technology areas including energy efficiency separation processes, batteries and solar cells to generate sustainable solutions for Canadians.” John Laughlin, CTO, NGen.

Evercloak’s patent-pending HydroAM printer is capable of depositing both 1D and 2D nanomaterials and transferring these ultra-thin films onto flexible substrates with a controlled density for various applications ranging from transparent conductors for flexible electronics to more efficient membranes for industrial separations. Through this grant, and in collaboration with Evercloak, ZEN will optimize and scale-up the electrochemical exfoliation (ECE) process that was developed by Prof. Aicheng Chen and his team at the University of Guelph to produce graphene oxide from its unique precursor Albany PureTM Graphite. The ECE process was designed to be scalable, low cost, low energy, and environmentally friendly to produce high quality, few-layer graphene oxide at ZEN’s Guelph facility.

Tags:  Evelyn Allen  Evercloak  Francis Dube  Graphene  graphene oxide  John Laughlin  membranes  Next Generation Manufacturing Canada  ZEN Graphene Solutions 

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ZEN GRAPHENE SOLUTIONS LTD. COMPLETES NON-BROKERED PRIVATE PLACEMENT OF UNITS

Posted By Graphene Council, Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Zen Graphene Solutions Ltd. (“Zen Graphene” or the “Company”) (TSXV:ZEN) is pleased to announce the closing of the second tranche, comprised of 1,621,175 units, of its previously announced private placement of units (the “Offering”). The Company raised total gross proceeds of $2,049,999.80 under the Offering, which will be used to fund ongoing work on the Albany Graphite Project including graphene research and scale up, COVID-19 initiatives and other graphene applications development and for general corporate purposes. The Board of directors wishes to thank all the long-term shareholders and new shareholders who participated in the Offering.

Francis Dubé, CEO commented: “With this private placement now completed, the company is in a strong financial position to accelerate the many research and development projects it has underway and explore new opportunities that are being considered.”

The total Offering consisted of the issuance of 3,416,666 units (“Units”) at a price of $0.60 per Unit, for aggregate gross proceeds of $2,049,999.80. Each Unit consisted of one common share of the Company (“Common Share”) and one half of one non-transferable share purchase warrant (“Warrant”). Each whole Warrant will entitle the holder thereof to acquire one additional Common Share at an exercise price of $0.80 per Warrant, exercisable for a period of twenty-four months from the closing of the Offering (the “Exercise Period”).

All Warrants issued in connection with the Offering are subject to an acceleration clause. If the Company’s share price trades at or above $1.00 per share for a period of ten (10) consecutive trading days during the Exercise Period, the Company may accelerate the expiry date of the Warrants to 30 calendar days from the date on which written notice is given by the Company to the holders of the Warrants.
The Common Shares and the Warrants issued in connection with the second tranche of the Offering will be subject to a hold period until November 7, 2020 in accordance with applicable securities laws.

Tags:  COVID-19  Francis Dube  Graphene  Graphite  Healthcare  ZEN Graphene Solutions 

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ZEN GRAPHENE SOLUTIONS LTD. COMPLETES FIRST TRANCHE OF NON-BROKERED PRIVATE PLACEMENT OF UNITS

Posted By Graphene Council, Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Zen Graphene Solutions Ltd. is pleased to announce the closing of the first tranche of its previously announced private placement of units (the “Offering”). The Company raised gross proceeds of $1,077,294.80 under the Offering, which will be used to fund ongoing work on the Albany Graphite Project including graphene research and scale up, COVID-19 initiatives and other graphene applications development and for general corporate purposes. A second tranche is expected to close shortly in line with previous interest received and reported in the news release of June 17th 2020. The Board of directors wishes to thank all the long-term shareholders and new shareholders who participated in the Offering.

The Offering consisted of the issuance of 1,795,491 units (“Units”) at a price of $0.60 per Unit, for aggregate gross proceeds of $1,077,294.80. Each Unit consisted of one common share of the Company (“Common Share”) and one half of one non-transferable share purchase warrant (“Warrant”). Each whole Warrant will entitle the holder thereof to acquire one additional Common Share at an exercise price of $0.80 per Warrant, exercisable for a period of twenty-four months from the closing of the Offering (the “Exercise Period”).

All Warrants issued in connection with the Offering are subject to an acceleration clause. If the Company’s share price trades at or above $1.00 per share for a period of ten (10) consecutive trading days during the Exercise Period, the Company may accelerate the expiry date of the Warrants to 30 calendar days from the date on which written notice is given by the Company to the holders of the Warrants. The Common Shares and the Warrants issued in connection with the Offering will be subject to a hold period until October 27, 2020 in accordance with applicable securities laws.

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ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. Reports on Expressions of Interest for Non-Brokered Private Placements of Units

Posted By Graphene Council, Thursday, June 18, 2020
ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. is pleased to announce it has received expression of interest from investors in an amount of $1,777,000 for the non-brokered private placement announced on June 15, 2020. These expressions of interest have far exceeded management’s expectation and, subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval, the Company is working diligently to complete the Offering. Management believes that this highlights the progress ZEN has made in becoming an advanced materials graphene company. Following completion of the Offering, ZEN’s cash balance will exceed any balance in recent years thereby ensuring the Company can continue executing its business plan during the COVID-19 pandemic. A subsequent news release will be issued concurrently with the closing of the Offering.

The proceeds of the Offering will be used to fund ongoing work on the Albany Graphite Project including: Graphene research and scale up, COVID-19 initiatives and other graphene application development, and general corporate purposes. All securities issued to purchasers under the Offering will be subject to a four-month hold period from the closing date of the Offering, pursuant to applicable securities legislation and policies of the Exchange. Finders’ fees may be paid, as permitted by Exchange policies and applicable securities law.

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ZEN Graphene Solutions Announces Collaboration with UBC-O on Department of National Defence Project

Posted By Graphene Council, Tuesday, June 9, 2020
ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. is pleased to announce it will be commencing a new research collaboration with Prof. Mohammad Arjmand and his team at the University of British Columbia (UBC)‐Okanagan Campus, with a $200,000 Department of National Defence (DND) Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) award. ZEN will be providing in-kind contributions of Albany PureTM materials and consultation with its technical team.

The goal of this collaborative research project is to develop electrically conductive, molded and 3D printed graphene/polymer nanocomposites as more versatile replacements for metallic electromagnetic shields that are currently in use. The new shields will be lightweight and corrosion resistant along with the additional benefits of low cost, ease of processing and improved design options compared to current metallic shields. In this collaboration, the developed conductive polymer shields will protect sensitive electronic equipment in satellites; however, the shields will also have use in a broad spectrum of applications in various industries, such as information technology, medical sciences, automotive, defence, and aerospace. The technology of developing 3D printing multifunctional polymer nanocomposite filaments will also allow for the rapid, low-cost fabrication of complex geometries of multifunctional polymer nanocomposites such as artificial electromagnetic shields. If DND elects to advance the project to Phase 2, it will support the research with a $1 million grant.

ZEN would also like to congratulate Prof. Arjmand and his Nanomaterials and Polymer Nanocomposites Laboratory (NPNL) for being awarded two additional grants. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund and the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) awarded a grant of $320,000 that will allow him to acquire the necessary equipment for the synthesis and characterization of graphene and its polymer nanocomposites. Prof. Arjmand was also awarded an additional $101,224 from the NSERC Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grant Program with support from the UBC School of Engineering. These funds will be used to purchase a state-of-the-art extruder to develop polymer nanocomposite filaments and pellets. All this equipment will be used to synthesize and characterize graphene materials from ZEN’s Albany PureTM Graphite and develop novel graphene-based polymer composites.

Francis Dubé, ZEN CEO commented, “We are happy to see the Department of National Defence investing in graphene-based technologies with the UBCO team led by Prof. Arjmand and ZEN. We are also pleased that Prof. Arjmand and his NPNL center have been recognized with the additional funding from CFI, BCKDF and NSERC. These equipment purchases will help drive graphene innovation in polymers for ZEN.”

Prof. Arjmand stated, “Our expertise in the synthesis of graphene, polymer processing, 3D printing, and polymer nanocomposites allows us to develop the next generation of high-performance multifunctional polymer nanocomposites with unique properties and complex geometries. We look forward to continuing to work with ZEN Graphene to bring these next generation products to market.”

Tags:  3D Printing  Francis Dubé  Graphene  Mohammad Arjmand  nanocomposites  polymers  University of British Columbia  ZEN Graphene Solutions 

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ZEN Graphene Solutions Announces Collaboration with Graphene Composites Ltd. to Develop a COVID-19 Virucidal Graphene-Based Composite Ink for Face Masks

Posted By Graphene Council, Thursday, April 30, 2020
ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. is pleased to announce an international collaboration with UK-based Graphene Composites Ltd (GC) to fight COVID-19 by developing a potential virucidal graphene-based composite ink that can be applied to fabrics including N95 face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for significantly increased protection. Once the development, testing, and confirmation of the graphene ink’s virucidal ability have been completed, the ink will then be incorporated into fabrics used for PPE.

Francis Dubé, CEO of ZEN commented, “We are pleased to be collaborating with GC and be on the forefront of a new innovative technology that could contribute to combating the deadly COVID-19 virus. The development of this potential COVID-19 virucidal graphene ink is coming at a crucial time to provide effective PPE supplies for the safety of frontline workers and hospital staff.” Dr. Dubé continued, “The current N95 masks trap the virus but don’t kill it. Our testing will demonstrate if the graphene ink is an effective virucide which would kill the virus as this could make a big difference to people’s safety. We have been very impressed by the Graphene Composites team and look forward to continued collaborations.”

Sandy Chen, CEO of GC stated, “Combining the deep nanomaterials expertise of GC and ZEN with a truly collaborative approach has enabled us to do a year’s worth of R&D in a matter of weeks. Quickly developing and deploying our virucidal/germicidal ink would make a significant difference in slowing the rate of infection – thus saving many lives.”

Under the collaboration, ZEN has synthesized a silver nanoparticles functionalized graphene oxide ink at their lab in Guelph, Ontario that has been documented by previous researchers to kill earlier versions of coronavirus. Once testing is completed, the ZEN/GC graphene ink would then be incorporated into a fabric to be included into masks and filters designed by GC.

Efficacy testing of the silver-graphene oxide-based ink to kill the COVID 19 virus (SARS-CoV-2) will be conducted at Western University’s ImPaKT Facility Biosafety Level 3 lab in Ontario. In addition, the graphene ink will be tested to kill influenza A and B viruses at Biosafety Level 2 labs in the UK and US.

Tags:  Francis Dubé  Graphene  Graphene Composites  graphene oxide  nanomaterials  Sandy Chen  ZEN Graphene Solutions 

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ZEN Graphene Solutions Announces the Launch of Graphene Product Sales

Posted By Graphene Council, Monday, March 2, 2020
ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. is pleased to announce the launch of Albany Pure TM graphene products on their website at https://shop.zengraphene.com/. The Company is planning to expand its product line to bring Graphene Quantum Dots, Graphene Oxide, Reduced Graphene Oxide, and other graphene-based products to the market.

"We have reached a major milestone as our 2020 goal is to start bringing in revenue from the production and sale of Albany Pure TM graphene products,"  stated Francis Dubé, CEO. "Graphene is the new wonder material that is just beginning to be used in many large scale industrial applications and we are entering the graphene sales market at an optimal time."

The Company is ramping up its new lab facility in Guelph, Ontario and is working towards larger-scale graphene production. The graphene precursor material is sourced from the unique, igneous-hosted Albany Graphite Deposit in Northern Ontario. As part of the company's business development plan, ZEN is actively working with several industries to functionalize and test its graphene products in their applications with the potential for subsequent industry partnerships and agreements.

Tags:  Francis Dubé  Graphene  Graphene Oxide  Graphene Quantum Dots  ZEN Graphene Solutions 

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