The award-winning Swedish startup Graphmatech succeeded in launching a new world record material in just 22 months and less than 1 million euros since the company was founded. On average, this process takes seven years and tens of millions of euros. Graphmatech recently presented the new product for the first time at the NanoForum in Malmö, where the company received the Nanotechnology Company of the Year award in the Nordic region last year.
The product launched by Graphmatech of Uppsala is called Aros Create. These are Nylon Aros Graphene® pellets with a volume resistivity of less than 1 Ωcm while maintaining polymer lightweight, flexibility, processability, and recyclability. The new composite may e.g. be used for extrusion, compression molding and injection molding and has unique electrical and tribological properties (low and stable coefficient of friction and high wear resistance). The potential applications are diverse, but the company’s main focus is on electrical circuit components, LED, conductive coatings, additive manufacturing, EMI / RFI shielding, and charge dissipative coatings.
The basic invention of Graphmatech was the graphene hybrid material Aros Graphene®, which is the missing link for the large-scale use of graphene because it does not agglomerate, keep the graphene stable, and readily disperse and tune into various matrices. However, Graphmatech does not sell the Aros Graphene® itself but has decided to integrate Aros Graphene® in the next step in the value chain and to sell composites of plastics, metals or additives for energy storage applications.
The company has already received a major order from AddNorth, which will soon prepare for the market launch of conductive polymer-based filaments for 3D printing.
“We’ve done it on a laboratory scale, distributing Aros Graphen® well in a range of engineering polymers with world record results in terms of conductivity, so more products are coming soon,” says Dr. Mamoun Taher, CEO and co-founder of Graphmatech.
The expansion of production was realized with partners, but from 1 September 2019 Graphmatech leases its own 1350 m² production facility in Uppsala, Sweden.
A pack of 1 kg conductive nylon pellets Aros Create can be ordered from the Graphmatech webshop. While larger orders should be requested.
Graphmatech, an award-winning materials startup, has good news to share at Hannover Messe, where they present themselves as Co-Exhibitor at Sweden Co-Lab, a place for smart innovations. Just in time for the fair Graphmatech
The recently measured world record values built upon a scalable and cost-efficient process for coating polymer granular and powder with Aros Graphene® for obtaining high-quality dispersion, that Graphmatech announced last summer. It made possible to develop a well-dispersed solution for Aros Graphene® in plastics. This process is considered as a compounding step before extruding filaments for 3D-printing or injection molding. The developed process can be also used for coating polymer granular/powder with other types of additives such as metals, oxides, ceramics, fibers, etc.
The 3D-printing technology of the ultra-conductive material Aros Graphene® could revolutionize the way we use multifunctional materials and manufacturing technologies. With the new technology, it is possible to tailor the exact level of conductivity of the filament which opens up for a wide range of new possible applications that’s never been possible with 3D-printing before. The conductive filament can, for example, be used to produce circuit boards, shielding applications, electrostatics, sensors and other items for IoT applications.
Currently, the process is under scaling-up and first products are planned to be a highly conductive plastic filament for 3D printing, which will be launched in collaboration with the Swedish 3D filament producer
Graphmatech was founded by materials scientist Dr. Mamoun Taher and serial entrepreneur Björn Lindh. The major investors of the company are ABB Technology Venture, InnoEnergy and the well-known business angel Jane Walerud.
Graphmatech is at Hannover Messe during 1-5 April. You will find us at the Sweden Co-Lab Pavillion in Hall 27, Stand H30 where we are presenting the 3D-printing technology of the ultra-conductive material Aros Graphene®.
Press kits are available in English and German.
Graphmatech will serve as a project partner in the pursuit of novel 3D-printable structural batteries, a Vinnova financed project spearheaded by Swerea IVF. Graphmatech will supply Aros Graphene® to this project, where the aim is to 3D-print a complete and functional battery, with potential future uses such as wearable electronics.
Additonal information about the project is available at Vinnovas site (in Swedish)
Vinnova has once again recognized the potential in graphene by committing to the second stage of a Graphmatech project to develop 3D-printable nanocomposites for thermal management applications!
Targeting innovative start-ups, Vinnova decided to award the company a grant that amounts to 900 000 SEK. The basics of this project are that Aros Graphene provides an even distribution of graphene in a composite, and its inherent properties also render it possible to 3D-print such a material. This enables tailor-made designs of nanocomposites! Apart from enhancing the mechanical strength and electrical conductivity, graphene also has by far the best thermal conductivity of all known materials. These nanocomposites can therefore be utilized in thermal management applications, such as casings for electronics and energy storage units.
More information can be found here.
The Swedish startup company Graphmatech makes it possible to print models with the world’s strongest material, Graphene. Now ABB and business angel Jane Walerud have invested.
Swedish graphene company Graphmatech, at less than a year old, closes a seed round from 5 investors including ABB Ventures – ABB’s Silicon Valley-based venture capital arm – and Jane Walerud, Sweden’s top business angel and former investor in Klarna and Tobii.
A collaboration between two innovative material technology startups Graphmatech and Add North 3D (a Swedish 3D materials developer specialized in FDM materials) has developed novel conductive Aros Graphene-based filaments for 3D printing. This may open up many new different 3D-printing applications such as thermal management components, circuit boards and efficient electromagnetic and radio frequency shielding.
Three larger strategically important projects have been signed this week:
1. A 2 million Swedish Krona budget project on self-lubrication and self-cooling Polymer-Aros Graphene composites with the sports car manufacturer Koenigsegg (Kongsberg Automotive) and Uppsala University. See details here.
2. A Vinnova and SIO Graphene sponsored for this 1 million Swedish Krona project with Nolato and Ericsson on Aros Graphene-based thermal interface materials. See details here.
3. In a Synerleap pitch competeion Graphmatech won a 30 000 USD paid project with ABB and AQ Plastics on thermal condutive plastics.
Graphmatech’s research team has succeeded in developing a simple and scalable method for coating polymer powder and granular with a layer of Aros Graphene®. A Leap Towards High-quality Graphene Composites.
This newly developed method is very efficient to obtain high quality dispersion of Aros Graphene® additive inside a polymer matrix without the use of high shear forces in melt mixing. It enormously reduces production costs and minimizes property degradation for both the polymer matrix and the additive while maintaining high quality and homogeneous composite. The invented method can be also applied for coating polymer powder with different materials such as metals, ceramics, fibers, cellulose and etc.
Applications of polymer-Aros Graphene® composites are many such as multifunctional filaments for 3D printing, or engineering composites with light weight, high thermal conductivity, high mechanical strength and enhanced tribological properties (low coefficients of friction and wear).
We are in the finals of Nordic Cleantech Open, the toughest business competition in the Nordics for cleantech companies.
We just recived a grant from the Swedish Energy Agency to develop the next generation of superconductors using Aros Graphene.
After the breakthrough at Uppsala university that solves the practical issues with implementing the super-material graphene on an industrial scale the company Graphmatech was founded. Now the newly established startup signs a contract with ABB, one of the the world’s leading engineering companies in power, automation and robotics technologies.
Aros Graphene® is awarded as one of the innovations with highest potential from Uppsala University in 2017.
Graphmatech receives the prestigious grant Innovativa Start-Ups from Vinnova of 300 TSEK.
Graphmatech had its first exhibition at the EIT InnoEnergy fair The Business Booster in Amsterdam and attracted a lot of attention from the energy storage sector for potential applications in supercapacitors.
GraphMaTech has filed the patent for Aros Graphene®.
Graphmatech joins the program Business Highway at the European Union initiated company InnoEnergy. InnoEnergy is the leading engine for innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable energy in Europe. In the picture from the left: Hans Lundgren, Adam Dahlquist, Kenneth Johansson, Mamoun Taher, Ingvar Ericsson, Bo Normark, Karim Nouira and Olof Heyman.
Mamoun Taher, material scientist and the inventor of Aros Graphene® founds GraphMaTech AB together with Björn Lindh, serial entrepreneur previously in iku AB, Solelia Greentech, Lindhea and Disruptive Materials.
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Graphmatech is a Swedish materials technology startup company that invents, develops and sells novel Graphene-based nanocomposites materials and services. We are on a mission to deliver truly world-changing graphene hybrid materials that have the potential to make the world a better place.