Partnership to investigate graphite from carbon

New methods of using graphite in advanced carbon materials (ACM) manufacturing will be investigated in a partnership between Hazer Group and the University of Sydney’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, supported by the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC).

Hazer has already been involved in R&D with the School, however, under the recent announcement Hazer’s novel manufacturing process, the Hazer Process, will look into using  ACM derived from Hazer’s manufacturing of clean energy fuel to create lithium-ion batteries, water purification methods, and additives for lubrication products. ACM could also be used in the manufacture of advanced building materials and cement.

Hazer chief technology officer and co-founder, Dr Andrew Cornejo, noted that the project will allow the company to scale up production of high value materials.

“The project will optimise and test ACMs at both laboratory and pilot plant scale in collaboration with specialist carbon processors and users, to identify and secure a range of markets for graphite ACM produced from future industrial sized Hazer plants,” said Cornejo.

IMCRC will provide $800,000 in matched funding for the project, an invaluable service, according to Hazer managing director, Geoff Ward.

“This enhanced collaboration platform will provide us with greater access to scientific and industrial resources, while reducing costs, as we further develop of the Hazer Process and Hazer graphite ACMs,” said Ward.

Part of the team at the University of Sydney, professor Yuan Chen, highlighted the potential for carbon materials currently produced in the Hazer Process.

“This project is an excellent opportunity to convert the currently unutilised carbon materials produced in the Hazer process into high-value carbon products,” said Chen.

David Chuter, IMCRC CEO and managing director, noted that carbon-based materials have the ability to leap-frog currently available products.

“advanced materials, particularly advanced carbon and carbon composites that can deliver significant advantages over more traditional materials such as steel and aluminium, are key technology enablers for Australian manufacturers,” he said.