("Applied Graphene Materials", "AGM" or "the Company")
Applied Graphene Materials, the producer of specialty graphene materials, through a proprietary “bottom up” synthesis process, is reporting positive preliminary findings following independent performance testing on graphene reinforced polyurethane coatings, undertaken by PRA (formerly known as the Paint Research Association).
Although the extensive test programme is continuing, the initial results demonstrate that low loading levels of AGM’s graphene nanoplatelets substantially enhance the scratch resistance and ultimate tensile strength of a polyurethane clearcoat, and critically, with minimal impact on transparency or colour. This opens up the route to further development for commercial applications in numerous high performance paints and coatings.
AGM’s graphene manufacturing process is unique, sustainable, continuous and scalable, and the Company is heavily focused on providing high quality graphene which is commercially viable and available in high volumes. Importantly, Applied Graphene Materials is also focused on developing a range of consistent and stable dispersions, enabling successful application in volume manufacturing by its global industrial partners.
Applied Graphene Materials will be sharing the findings of the PRA test programme with its Coatings Industry partners and are also seeking to engage with other interested parties when at the European Coatings Show in Nuremburg, between 21 April and 23 April 2015.
Richard Akam, AGM’s Market Sector Manager for Paints and Coatings, commented:
“The results generated at PRA confirm our own research findings and indicate that these results can be translated to higher volume applications. With a scalable manufacturing process and a strong supporting technical team within Applied Graphene Materials, we are well placed to help our customers apply and exploit graphene in their end products and markets.”
Peter Collins, PRA’s Technical Director, commented:
“The preliminary results from our test work are very interesting and show that AGM’s well dispersed graphene nanoplatelets offer the potential for significant property improvements in polyurethane coatings. We look forward to continuing to support AGM’s ongoing development work.”
For further information, please contact:
Applied Graphene Materials
Richard Akam, Market Sector Manager
Nigel Blatherwick, Commercial Director
PRA, formerly known as the Paint Research Association, are globally recognised independent coatings experts, offering technical and business services. They were founded in 1926 as a membership association for the coatings industry, and they are now a wholly owned subsidiary of Pera Technology Ltd. PRA conduct coatings formulation, application and testing in their modern laboratory facilities, with many of their test methods accredited by UKAS to ISO 17025.
PRA also produce Irfab market study reports on architectural and industrial coatings, providing detailed technology and market information.