The Grapheen Project

Green and straightforward process for the synthesis of Graphene-based nanomaterials

About the Grapheen Project

GRAPHEEN is a project funded by the SME Instrument initiative within the Horizon 2020 Programme. This project is aimed at scaling up the production of graphene-based nanomaterials, with a special focus on the production of nanomaterials for energy storage applications.

The technology developed in this project is aiming to be the golden standard procedure to manufacture high add-value materials to be implemented in the area of energy storage at industrial scale.

Background

Graphene and graphene based composites have emerged as the ideal candidate materials to substitute other conventional materials currently used as electrodes in energy storage devices (most of them currently based on graphite or other forms of carbon). The reason is basically that graphene is the only material known that gathers the extraordinary properties of great mechanical and tensile strength, the largest surface area described for any material, a high chemical stability and superior thermal and electrical conductivities. The combination of these extraordinary properties in a single material, makes of graphene a unique material. However, what really makes of graphene a huge promise under a macroeconomic perspective globally is that graphene in essence is carbon, which is one of the most abundant elements in earth. Therefore graphene has attracted a huge social, economic and industrial interest over the last years and this is why some sources predict that graphene will become the responsible of the next technological revolution, in the same way that silicon enabled the revolution of the 20th Century, known as “the era of computing and communications”.

Graphene based materials have proved to substantially increase the energy storage capacity and efficiency of Li-ion batteries and other more recent devices like supercapacitors. However, despite the huge progress made on graphene research for energy applications and some other different areas, there are still some barriers that prevent the implementation of this unique material in real industrial applications, and one of the most important ones is the lack of industrially viable methods for the production of graphene-based nanomaterials at acceptable prices in an industrial scale.

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