Graphene-Enhanced Elastomers And Their Applications
Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, USA
Conference Room D
09:40 - 10:00
Elastomers are widely used in applications such as tires, gloves, clothing, medical devices, etc. We have demonstrated that the mechanical, electrical and thermal properties of elastomers can be enhanced by graphene. I will present the specific case of athletic footwear, where the rubber-graphene composite gives markedly improved grip on tough terrains while simultaneously improving durability. The graphene-enhanced athletic shoes from Inov-8 Ltd. have been available for purchase, worldwide, since July 2018. I will also talk about the future potential of graphene-enhanced elastomers and a new spin-out company Grafine Ltd. for this purpose.
Dr. Aravind Vijayaraghavan is a Reader in Nanomaterials in the Department of Materials and the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester. He is also the co-founder and scientific director of Grafine Ltd. (www.gra-fine.com). He leads the Nano-functional Materials Group (www.nanofunc.com). His research involves the science and technology of graphene and 2-dimensional materials, particularly for applications in composites, sensors and biotechnology. He has published over 85 papers in international peer reviewed journals and delivered over 60 presentations at international conferences.
Grafine is a new business spun-out of The University of Manchester in the UK, the "Home of Graphene". Our mission is to collaborate with global industry partners to create new types of high-performance elastomers enhanced with graphene and other 2-D materials and nano-materials. The founders of the business have been at the forefront of research in this area. They have built the specialist know-how both in developing these hybrid elastomer formulations and scaling up processes that allow them to be used in the manufacture of products. Grafine can support your research and process development teams to make products which have improved performance.