Nano CVD Benchtop Furnace for Application in High-throughput Graphene Synthesis

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Table of Content

Introduction
Benchtop nanoCVD Systems
CVD Graphene
Advanced Graphene and Related Materials
nanoCVD System: Automatic Control and Safety Features
Benefits of nanoCVD Systems
Applications of nanoCVD Systems
Conclusion
About Graphene Laboratories, Inc.

Introduction

UK-based company Moorfield Associates develops premium research equipment and has recently partnered with Graphene Laboratories, Inc. to distribute its nanoCVD systems in the US markets. Newly launched in Europe, the nanoCVD systems allow easy, R&D scale production of carbon nanotubes, graphene and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on a wide range of substrates. Graphene Laboratories will distribute the systems through Graphene Supermarket, which is touted to be the largest graphene outlet in the world.

Benchtop nanoCVD Systems

The nanoCVD range includes powerful yet easy to use, compact units that are suitable for producing graphene of highest quality. The systems include novel features like cold-walled reaction chambers and low thermal mass heater stages. In addition, fully automatic controls allow for instant synthesis and excellent throughput of graphene samples.

Use of these sophisticated materials has been demonstrated in advanced composites, electronics and photovoltaics. Although the main focus is the academic sector, the nanoCVD systems have also proved useful for industrial product development. Since its launch in early 2013, the nanoCVD range has received rave reviews from customers.

Figure 1. nanoCVD system.

CVD Graphene

CVD graphene is made by passing a mixture of hydrogen, argon and methane via a furnace heated to ~1000°C with nickel or copper. Following this, the methane decomposes and carbon gets deposited on the metal. Once the process gets over, the nickel or copper can be removed and graphene can be placed onto a substrate such as a wafer or glass.

Advanced Graphene and Related Materials

Graphene Laboratories has always been at the forefront of development and commercialization of next-generation graphene and associated materials. The company’s US customer list comprises of thousands of customers from prominent research universities and R&D departments of top companies. Graphene Laboratories has a state-of-the-art business and research divisions, including skilled specialists in high-end materials production methods. These aspects make the company strategically well-positioned to launch Moorfield’s system in the US markets.

According to Jon Whitehead, CEO of Moorfield, Graphene Laboratories has in-depth knowledge on advanced materials and is well-positioned to distribute and support the expanding US market. Whitehead added that the company is looking forward to a long and successful relationship with Graphene Laboratories.

The CEO of Graphene Laboratories, Dr. Elena Polyakova informed that Moorfield develops reliable and compact nanoCVD systems that produce high quality graphene sheets. Such advanced materials are perfect for research applications and are available at an affordable price. Polyakova added that the company is happy to distribute these systems in the US market.

nanoCVD System: Automatic Control and Safety Features

Automatic control features of the nanoCVD system include on-board touch screen, PC connection for data-logging and preloaded recipes for graphene growth. Users can also generate and save their own recipes. The nanoCVD system shuts down in the event of a pumping failure and enables monitoring of thermo-couple integrity. Heating and flammable gas flows will get disabled until a purge routine is concluded. Moreover, the system will be shut down in the event of a sudden pressure rise. Chamber will also remain shut until the heater drops to less than the set temperature. In case of power loss, gas flows will default to zero.

Benefits of nanoCVD Systems

The nanoCVD system allows for reproducible graphene synthesis, precise control of conditions, and rapid and fully automated operation. It is easy to install and operate, and comes with comprehensive safety features. A standard package includes a main unit with computer control unit, purging system, gas flow control valves, pump, and installation and training.

Applications of nanoCVD Systems

The nanoCVD systems are used in the following applications:

  • Graphene research
  • Transparent conductive coating
  • Electrodes for photovoltaics
  • Transparent conductive coating
  • Electrical energy storage
  • High-performance electronics
  • Chemical, biological and mechanical sensors.

Conclusion

Manufactured by Moorfield Associates, the benchtop nanoCVD systems help in producing carbon nanotubes, graphene and CVD on a variety of substrates. The combination of fast fully automated operation and easy installation and operation makes the systems perfect for clean rooms and educational and shared facilities.

About Graphene Laboratories, Inc.

Graphene Laboratories, Inc. specializes in the manufacture and sale of research materials to R&D markets, with the world’s largest selection of advanced and 2D materials. Having been first in the market to introduce graphene materials for research use, the company is working towards industrial-scale production of graphene and graphene-like materials, currently with pilot-scale production capabilities.

The team at Graphene Laboratories are recognized experts in graphene materials, with staff regularly presenting at international conferences and exhibitions. Researchers at Graphene Labs also specialize in custom projects and R&D.

Graphene Laboratories Inc. operates both the Graphene Supermarket® (www.graphene-supermarket.com) and Maximum Materials™ (www.maximum-materials.com), and is a leading supplier of advanced 2D materials to thousands of customers around the globe. The company offers a wide variety of graphene materials, as well as other advanced 2D nanomaterials such as molybdenum disulfide, tungsten disulfide, and boron nitride products.

For more information visit our Graphene Laboratories, Inc websites or contact them at (516)-382-8649 or via email at info@graphenelabs.com

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Graphene Laboratories.

For more information on this source, please visit Graphene Laboratories.

Date Added: Sep 16, 2013 | Updated: Sep 17, 2013
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