Thomas Swan, NGI develop new opportunities with graphene
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Thomas Swan, NGI to develop new opportunities with graphene

7:01 AM, 28th July 2016
Thomas Swan, NGI to develop new opportunities with graphene
Thermal image of resistors- (left) without and (right) with 2D boron nitride thermal paste.

CONSETT, UK: Thomas Swan & Co Ltd and the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester in UK have entered into a unique partnership to develop new commercial opportunities with graphene and an exciting new range of 2D materials, boosting the research and commercialization in the kingdom.

A whole family of new atomically thin materials have been discovered since the initial isolation of graphene in 2004. This new class of materials all potentially have superior properties including boron nitride, also known as ‘white graphene’, which is an incredibly effective thermal insulator

Now, working with materials supplied by Thomas Swan scientists at the NGI have created a thermal paste using boron nitride which allows electronics to run at much lower temperatures than current technology. This leads to new possibilities for higher-performance electronics with longer lifespans.

Through the new partnership Thomas Swan will contribute 2D products to support early stage research projects within the NGI and will also support scale-up for prototyping of new technologies. The NGI will provide feedback on the performance of Thomas Swan products and identify opportunities for future improvement.

“Graphene research has moved on significantly from fundamental characterization to early commercialization. Forming valuable partnerships with unique companies like Thomas Swan means that 2D materials now offer both academics and industry new avenues for exploitation,” said James Baker, graphene business director of the NGI.

“With graphene we can now start to leverage the existing material supply chain and focus on developing applications. Now it’s important to ensure our understanding of other 2D materials is sound and look to scale up and develop these amazing new materials which could have untold impact on industry in conjunction with graphene,” added Baker

“This is a great opportunity to work with world class scientists to increase our understanding of 2D material technologies and then work together to accelerate their adoption into real world applications,” said Andy Goodwin, commercial director, advanced materials division at Thomas Swan.

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