Graphene for sale has currently become a prevalent topic, at least for people interested in the nanomaterials market. Graphene has unique characteristics facilitating its utilisation as a thermal and electrical conductor. Moreover, it is believed to be the strongest material ever to be produced and experimented on. On the other hand, researchers are still unsure how it will behave in the mid-/long-term perspectives. Thus, it causes a little bit of uncertainty regarding the material’s longevity and what to expect from its use in the long-term horizon.
In the current graphene market, China is the leading producer and supplier for the worldwide market, owning up to 70% of the producing companies. The rest of the market is divided between India, Brazil, North Korea, Canada and other countries. By the year 2020, graphene demand is expected to increase by approximately 50%. Demand from high tech applications is projected to be dramatic, although the global market with graphite-related products represents $ 12 billion. The graphene market is still small and driven by research-related demands. By 2018, graphene-based products are predicted to bring in over $100 million in revenues. Graphene-based products have a broad range of applications, including radio-frequency identification (RFID), packaging, sensors and super capacitors – just to mention a few of them. Click here for a list of graphene producers and suppliers.
The earliest graphene products
Companies such as Vorbeck Materials or Haydale have started with the development of graphene-based inks that would combine low costs and high conduct for printed electronics and other applications. However, since the very beginning, many different companies have also been interested in various aspects of the market such as the Graphene platelets (GNP) development that can be dispersed into solvents to create compounds similar to ink. It is not surprising that such trends create a quite confusing environment for the graphene market.
Graphene for sale – Understanding the market
Universities are currently providing the largest investments in the current graphene research and our knowledge about the material properties and its operation under different circumstances. Private companies that are interested in the development of patents for their products provide only a small part. The rest of the market is divided among the following fields and possible applications: research seeking the replacement of indium tin oxide (ITO) as a transparent conducting material in electronics, high strength/ low weight composites, functional links, super capacitors for batteries, replacement of old sensor technologies and development of new ones and so on.
Graphene applications – Materials
Graphene may revolutionise the medical industry with graphene-based sensors for single molecule detection and bio devices. Furthermore, various ways how to use the graphene as an enhanced drug delivery technique are also being studied. Such applications can be broadly used not only for diagnostics but also in our fight against cancer.
Graphene applications – Electronics
Touch screens will probably be one of the first graphene industrial applications. Given the flexibility of the graphene and its high electrical conductivity, this material allows the producers to replace the old fashioned materials like ITO and surpass them in everyday life applications. Also, utilisation of graphene in super capacitors as the Li-Ion batteries will form a new type of batteries that have improved charging speed as well as a ten times greater battery power (storage).
Companies, as well as academic research institutions, have been working intensively in the development of new technologies to improve the speed of transistors in electronics. While traditional silicon-based transistors already revolutionised electronics, the use of a two-dimensional layer of graphene with the thickness of an atom could increase the speed of computers up to 1000 times. It is enabled by the fact that when graphene is exposed to a magnetic field, we can regulate its electrical resistance; and, therefore, reduce it to a new level that will allow extremely fast electric conductivity.