Haydale, a wholly owned subsidiary of British company Innovative Carbon Limited, today announces that they have reached a collaboration agreement with leading German Plasma reactor manufacturer, Diener electronic GmbH & Co (Diener).
The unique Split-Plasma reactor will be built jointly under the arrangement that will allow both partners to market the machine as part of the commercialisation of the Haydale Split-Plasma nano materials to be sold under the brand HDPlas™.
The major players in this industry have gathered at the Graphene 2012 Graphene Flagship International Conference in Brussels this week. Haydale, based in South Wales, is exhibiting its collaboratively produced prototype range of Graphene enabled materials and intermediate components. These include transparent conductive membranes, Graphene loaded polymer pellets and Graphene loaded sprayable barrier paint. Haydale’s unique patented plasma based technology enables the scaleable, dry, environmentally friendly, exfoliation and purification of single and few layer friable Graphene containing powders known as Graphene Nano Platelets (GNPs) from mined graphite crystals.
Representatives of Innovative Carbon and Haydale are present in Brussels to discuss the licensing of laboratory and production scale patented Diener/Haydale NanoPlas Plasma Reactors (www.plasma.de) that can be purpose built to purify, functionalise and decorate a wide range of nano particles.
Haydale now offers a range of GNPs and other nano materials to the open market under the HDPlas™ brand. Haydale has a customer portfolio of more than 100 major Global Blue Chip companies, Universities and research institutions. Haydale’s agent in North America for HDPlas™ plasma processed nano structures is Cheaptubes Inc. (www.cheaptubes.com).
To stimulate further collaboration with leading industrial players and to demonstrate the disperseability of its branded HDPlas™ friable functionalised GNPs, Haydale will also donate one hundred samples of its nano powders to research students and industrial researchers. Haydale’s team of scientists and engineers will be available at Graphene 2012 to help, advise and discuss bulk supply, potential applications and collaborative exploitation opportunities.
Critically, organisations can now use the HDPlas™ product range for collaborative product prototyping and analysis. Haydale offers expertise in running pilot trials to evaluate the effect their friable GNPs have on the clients’ materials and products and, crucially, assessing their suitability for large scale production. The key to subsequent take up is to know that commercial quantities will be then available.
Haydale, to meet anticipated demand for its HDPlas™ range of Nano materials, are currently engaged in fitting out a new purpose built “state of the art” nano safe commercial production facility and nano safe laboratory analysis and characterisation suite. Haydale is now able to supply HDPlas™ from stock in grams or kilos and is ready and able to take orders for tonnes to agreed delivery dates.
“We acknowledge that GNPs, Graphene and micro graphite are not magic powders and their ease of use and potential, similar to Carbon Nano Tubes, is real but can be the victim of market hype. From our detailed and exhaustive research we know that materials in the nano scale are notoriously difficult and challenging to effectively disperse and bond within a target component or matrix. The trick is to balance the complexities of utilising particles with massive surface areas along with the precise nano surface chemical engineering of such particles that is required to achieve the desired dispersal/percolation levels and rheology necessary. Getting this right enables materials like Graphene to be effectively exploited and Haydale is equipped to meet these challenges” says Business Development Director Ian Walters.
Commenting on the collaboration, Christof Diener said:
“Diener, the company I founded in 1993, is delighted to create an association with Haydale and help launch this exciting new technology onto the market. Their process is unique and the results obtained have been excellent. We at Diener are really excited to become a part of this cutting edge patented technology. The market is looking for ways of using the new wonder material Graphene and we believe this technology is the effective route. Our investment continues with another factory of 4,500 sq metres, and we now have 100 specialist engineers and technicians to meet the increase demand.”