Future Markets, Inc. along with Nanotech Magazine has published the most
comprehensive analysis thus far on the burgeoning Graphene market. Presented
in magazine format this fully updated to August 2013 report provides and
easily readable and succinct guide to this wonder material. Driven by demand
from markets where advanced materials are required, graphene promises to
outstrip all current nanomaterials, especially in electronics and energy
storage. Other markets graphene is impacting include aerospace, automotive,
coatings and paints, communications, sensors, solar, oil, and lubricants.
The exceptional electron and thermal transport, mechanical properties, barrier
properties and high specific surface area of graphene and combinations thereof
make it a potentially disruptive technology all these industries. The European
Union is funding a 10 year 1,000 million euro coordination action on graphene.
South Korea is spending $350 million plus on commercialization initiatives and
the United Kingdom is investing over £70 million on various initiatives.
Applications are coming onto the market for polymer composites and EMI
shielding coatings. Graphene-based conducting inks are also finding their way
into smart cards and radio-frequency identification tags. China is expecting
to bring graphene products to the market in 2014 in consumer electronics.
Many of the current and potential applications of carbon nanotubes may be taken by
graphene, as it displays enhanced properties but with greater ease of
production and handling. In this regard, carbon nanotubes may be viewed as a
stalking horse for commercial applications of graphene.
However, in an interesting development, using carbon nanotubes and graphene in
combination shows great promise, allowing for greater consistency and higher
concentrations of these materials in the end products.
Most graphene producers currently produce graphene nanoplatelets and graphene
oxide. Within the last year couple of years graphene producers have increased
production capabilities considerably. XG Sciences, Angstron Materials and
Vorbeck have increased, or are planning to increase, their production
capacities and other large materials companies are getting in on the act.
Producers are generally small, start-up companies who have witnessed an
explosion in demand for their materials from a variety of industries.
Companies such as Phillips, Nokia, IBM and Samsung are pursuing applications
for graphene in electronics and optics. Near-term demand is for composites and
coatings for application in the automotive, plastics, coatings, construction,
metals, batteries, aerospace and energy markets.