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Graphene membranes may be capable of removing salt from seawater. It would aid millions of people without access to clean drinking water. The new technology is now being tested against existing desalination membranes.

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Chelsea Gohd reports that an international team comprising scientists from the Carnegie Institution for Science and Yanshan University has developed an incredible new form of carbon. It is extremely light, ultra-strong, elastic, and even electrically conductive. This unusual combination of qualities makes this material versatile for a number of applications.

Carbon is unique in the sense that its electron configuration allows it to self-bond in a number of different ways, which means it is capable of taking many different forms. The scientists created this interesting type of carbon... More →
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Melissa Shaw reports that Australian company, Walkabout concluded a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with European graphite trading house Georg H. Luh. The MOU opens talks for the sale and purchase of between 10,000 and 12,500 tonnes of graphite per year. The companies will also work together in other areas.

The news follows the release of a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for Lindi Jumbo, as well as a maiden ore reserves report. Based on test work, Walkabout anticipates that about 50% of the graphite produced will be in the super jumbo or jumbo categories, and will ... More →
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Jocelyn Aspa reports that graphene is widely regarded as the wonder material of the 21st century. The 2D material was first produced in 2004, when two professors at the University of Manchester used Scotch tape to peel flakes of graphene off a chunk of graphite. The material is a crystalline allotrope of carbon, a characteristic it shares with diamonds and graphite. Put simply, all three are made up of carbon atoms that are bonded together in different ways. For instance, graphite consists of carbon atoms bonded together in sheets of a hexagonal lattice, while graphene is made up of a single s... More →
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AZoCleantech reports that in preliminary electrical conductivity testing, AGCs DEXDG conductivity-enhanced, diluent product significantly outperformed TIMCAL TIMREX KS4 premium primary synthetic graphite and Superior Graphite premium-quality natural flake graphite, both commercially available conductivity-enhanced products.

DEXDG is a form of processed natural crystalline flake graphite with improved electrical conductivity in electrode matrixes for Li-ion (secondary or rechargeable), lithium (primary or non-rechargeable) and alkaline battery cells. Additionally, DEXDG is preferabl... More →
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Fiona MacDonald reports that researchers in the UK have achieved a major turning point in the quest for efficient desalination by announcing the invention of a graphene-oxide membrane that sieves salt out of seawater.

There are already several major desalination plants around the world using polymer-based membranes to filter out salt, but the process is still largely inefficient and expensive, so finding a way to make it quicker, cheaper, and easier is a huge goal for researchers.

Thanks to climate change, seawater is something there will plenty of in the future, Greenla... More →
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Ben Hirschler reports that scientists have found a way to power electronic skin using solar energy in a further step towards the development of prosthetic limbs or robots with a sense of touch. Teams around the world are working to develop flexible versions of synthetic skin that can feel by mimicking the different kinds of sensory receptors found in human skin.

Powering such systems is a challenge, but now researchers at the University of Glasgow School of Engineering have developed a way to use graphene, an ultra-thin form of carbon, to generate electricity via solar power.
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June Javelosa opines that for Elon Musk, the Australian energy crisis is nothing that can not be sorted by installing 100 to 300 megawatts of battery storage. Granted, he does not have the storage set up just yet, but since he has been given the go signal to start building it, Musk is confident that his team can complete it in just 100 days.

Storms across Australia cause serious damage to infrastructure and a series of blackouts throughout the continent. This prompted energy companies to raise their rates to meet demand for electricity in the region. After Musk cousin, Lyndon Rive, ... More →
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Edmonds, M., and C. Manning (2017) report that carbon is one of the most important elements on Earth. Its distribution on and in Earth affects the global climate system, the origin and evolution of life, and the types and availability of energy resources. The geological cycling of carbon, driven by plate tectonics over long timescales, is the main factor influencing the size of the Earth shallow carbon reservoirs. Until recently, however, a fragmented understanding of how much carbon resides in the deep Earth, its form, and how it moves between deep and shallow reservoirs.

Deep carb... More →
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Emma Harwood reports that from the factory floor to the real world and home and school use, this present a timeline of 3D printing highs and lows from the 1980s to the future. In the early 80s, Charles Hull invented stereolithography (SLA) and soon after Carl Deckard patented selective laser sintering (SLS).

But 3D printing really started life in the automobile industry. In 1986, Ford bought the third 3D printer ever made, called the SLA 3, for prototyping new part designs. Boeing began 3D printing in the 1980s. Boeing pushed the envelope back then, testing the limits of new techno... More →
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I2M WP covers 3D printing (and graphite, graphene, etc) because of their application to off-world activities and needs. One company, Nano Dimension, is leading the transformation of 3D printed electronics with a focus on the multi-billion-dollar market for professional printed circuit boards (PCBs), the circuits that make electronics work.

Their DragonFly 2020 3D Printer brings together an extremely precise inkjet 3D printer, advanced nanoparticle inks and sophisticated software to enable ultra-rapid prototyping of complex, multilayer PCBs. This allows designers and engineers to pr... More →
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Priscila Barrera reports that she profiles graphite companies that are listed on those exchanges and that had a market capitalization of less than $15 million as of February 10, 2017.

Berkwood Resources
Market cap .... $4.07 million

Berkwood Resources is a junior exploration company with several key projects, but its flagship project is its Lac Gueret graphite project in Quebec. It has a total area of 7,767 hectares and consists of 144 claims in two blocks ... the Lac Gueret East Block and the Lac Gueret South Block.

Canada Strategic Metals
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Priscila Barrera reports that demand for lithium-ion batteries continues to rise, and the need for graphite is increasing in tandem. Graphite is a key component of these batteries, and many market watchers conclude that companies that are mining and exploring for it may be poised to do well in the coming years.

With that in mind, it is worth being aware of which graphite companies are out there and what they are currently doing. To help investors with that task, Barrera has put together a two-part list of graphite companies trading on the TSX and the TSXV. Below in Part I she profi... More →
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David L. Chandler reports that a team of researchers at MIT has designed one of the strongest lightweight materials known, by compressing and fusing flakes of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon. The new material, a sponge-like configuration with a density of just 5%, can have a strength 10 times that of steel.

In its two-dimensional form, graphene is thought to be the strongest of all known materials. But researchers until now have had a hard time translating that two-dimensional strength into useful three-dimensional materials.The new findings show that the crucial aspect o... More →
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Myles McCormick reports that in the wake of the publication of an article in the U.S. media last week, Industrial Mins canvassed members of the graphite industry for reactions. Feelings were mixed. A trace of graphite is in consumer tech. In these Chinese villages, it is everywhere, began the article in the Washington Post in early October.

As part of a series looking at the darker side of battery mineral production, the U.S. newspaper ran a piece entitled ... In your phone, in their air, investigating issues of pollution in China graphite industry. The Post visited various Chinese ... More →
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Layers of graphene separated by nanotube pillars of boron nitride may be a suitable material to store hydrogen fuel in cars, according to Rice University scientists. The Department of Energy has set benchmarks for storage materials that would make hydrogen a practical fuel for light-duty vehicles.The Rice lab of materials scientist Rouzbeh Shahsavari determined in a new computational study that pillared boron nitride and graphene could be a candidate.

The Shahsavari lab had already determined through computer models how tough and resilient pillared graphene structures would be, and ... More →
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For the first time, scientists have built a transistor out of carbon nanotubes that can run almost twice as fast as its silicon counterparts. This is big, because for decades, scientists have been trying to figure out how to build the next generation of computers using carbon nanotube components, because their unique properties could form the basis of faster devices that consume way less power.

Making carbon nanotube transistors that are better than silicon transistors is a big milestone, said one of the team, Michael Arnold, from the University of Wisconsin. This achievement has be... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that scientists at the GE Global Research Center have been developing a better material for use in the solar industry. First discovered in attempts to produce artificial diamonds, silicon carbide (SiC) is likely to replace silica in the semiconductor and solar industries, significantly increasing their efficiency and speed.

SiC is a synthetic crystalline compound of silicon and carbon with diamond-like strength and resistance to high temperatures, along with excellent abilities to conduct electricity. The most effective application of SiC in the solar industry is i... More →
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The U.S. has recently ratified its climate agreement to lower carbon emissions regulations, and other countries around the world are doing the same. With that in mind a number of companies have been focusing on improving the value of low-rank brown coal or lignite coal.

These companies take varying approaches, but in general, the main goal is to remove moisture and pollutants, raising the coal calorific value to be more in line with that of high-grade coal. That potential change in calorific value is in itself a strong incentive to upgrade coal, but there are environmental considera... More →
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AZoNano reports that the unique and valuable properties of graphene, a wonder material consisting of carbon noted for its strength and electrical conductivity, are being investigated by Masdar Institute researchers to help advance technologies of relevance to strategic local industries like oil and gas and desalination.

The graphene market is still relatively new and in the early stages of development with only a few products being commercialized to date. However, strong growth of graphene and other related 2-dimensional materials is expected due to superior strength, weight, conduc... More →
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Petra Szilagyi reports that graphene, a single-atom-thick sheet of carbon, is stronger than steel and as stiff as diamond. Yet, this tough, thin material can also be induced to peel itself to pieces. Puncturing a hole in graphene with a diamond tip and repeatedly moving that tip back and forth, rather like rucking up a carpet, causes narrow strips of carbon to curl spontaneously upwards, tearing out of the graphene layer and even folding back on themselves, scientists from Trinity College Dublin report in an article in Nature on 13 July.

The discovery is entirely surprising, says Ja... More →
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Jae-Hwang Lee, et al., at Rice University in Houston, Texas, report that multilayer graphene is an exceptional anisotropic material due to its layered structure composed of two-dimensional carbon lattices. Although the intrinsic mechanical properties of graphene have been investigated at quasi-static conditions, its behavior under extreme dynamic conditions has not yet been studied.

They reported on the high-strain-rate behavior of multilayer graphene over a range of thicknesses from 10 to 100 nanometers by using miniaturized ballistic tests. Tensile stretching of the membrane into... More →
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Kristin Lewotsky that a simple solution-based method extracts photoluminescent carbon dots from coal with up to 25% yield. When you think of coal, you probably think of energy and steel manufacturing, of heat and electricity. You probably do not look at the inky black lumps and think of photoluminescence. And yet a Rice University team led by chemist James Tour did just that, grinding up coal and processing the material to isolate nanoscale crystalline structures (made up of sheets of carbon called graphene) that fluoresce at yellow, green, and blue wavelengths.

Whether the particl... More →
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Jocelyn Aspa reports that a mining company in Australia turned their attention to graphite, whose previous focus was on gold, thanks to its managing director, Mark Thompson. Why the switch? Back in 2011, Thompson gained an interest in graphite at a mining conference in Hong Kong. Attendees were excited about the idea of lithium being used in next-generation batteries being used in manufacturers, such as Tesla Motors. What captivated Thompson attention was the fact that graphite coating wires and anodes are the biggest components in batteries.

His vision of developing gold and iron-o... More →
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Charlotte McLeod reports that Australia has started producing graphite again after a hiatus of over two decades, although a slew of ASX-listed graphite companies are successfully pursuing graphite not in Australia, but in other countries. These are ... Syrah Resources, Triton Minerals, and Talga Resources, to name a few.

Geoscience Australia states that Australia economic demonstrated resources stood at 969.59 kilotonnes of graphite in 2013, up significantly from 589 kilotonnes in 2012. That breaks down into 792.81 kilotonnes in South Australia and 176.77 kilotonnes in Western Austr... More →
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