First Graphene and Flinders University launch nanoscience firm

Advance material company, First Graphene and Flinders University have jointly launched a nanoscience firm with focus on making clean, super-strength carbon materials for use in the plastics and electronics industries.

The firm, named 2D Fluidics, is owned 50-50 by First Graphene and Flinders University’s new named Finders Institute for nanoScale Science and Technology and will focus on commercialise the Vortex Fluidic Device (VFD),  invented by the Flinders University Professor Colin Raston.

The VFD enables new approaches to producing a wide range of materials such as graphene and sliced carbon nanotubes, with the bonus of not needing to use harsh or toxic chemicals in the process.

The clean processing breakthrough will greatly reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of manufacturing these new high quality super-strength carbon materials. The key intellectual property used by 2D Fluidics comprises two patents around the production of carbon nanomaterials, assigned by Flinders University.

2D Fluidics will use the VFD to prepare these materials for commercial sales, which will be used in the plastics industry for applications requiring new composite materials, and by the electronics industry for circuits,supercapacitors and batteries, and for research laboratories around the world.

First Graphene’s managing director Craig McGuckin said: “First Graphene is very pleased to be partnering Professor Raston and his team in 2D Fluidics, which promises to open an exciting growth path in the world of advanced materials production.

“Access to this remarkably versatile invention will complement FGRs position as the leading graphene company at the forefront of the graphene revolution.”