Graphene for Electronics, from Hype to Reality

Graphene for Electronics, from Hype to Reality

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By Wisse Hettinga

MITO and Cardea report significant progress in the international efforts to ISO standardize graphene

All who can know agree that graphene will be a game changer in the world of electronics. This 2D material has all the right cards on the table to create new and exiting applications in combination with semiconductors, sensors, Biosignal Processing Units (BPU) and new battery technologies: a perfect conductor, very good thermal characteristics and availability. Everyone agrees, but the reality is sometimes more difficult. Graphene is subject for a lot a research, but the reality and acceptance is lagging behind. To accelerate the use of graphene a group of companies like MITO and Cardea and researchers are pushing a new ISO standard in the nanotechnologies.

ISO Technical Committee (TC) 229 focuses on Nanotechnologies. The group of people working on graphene standards in this committee includes a mix of industry, academia, and government lab scientists with a variety of technical backgrounds and perspectives, working as part of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-Accredited U.S, TAG to ISO TC 229. These varied perspectives have combined to create a unified draft Technical Specification that is expected to help drive the commercialization of products that contain graphene by giving industry tools to help separate hype from reality.

“We see a bright future for diagnostic tools based on graphene electronics, but we’re not waiting for that future – we’re making it happen! Part of that means driving reliability and predictability in the graphene material industry. That’s why we are committed to supporting the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO TC 229,” notes the Chief Technology Officer at Cardea, Brett Goldsmith, PhD.

The leader of the effort to draft this Technical Specification is Caio Lo Sardo, the Vice President at MITO® Material Solutions. “Our flagship product, E-GO™, is an additive used in materials like fiber reinforced thermoplastics and thermosets to improve performance in composite applications across several industries,” states Caio Lo Sardo. “For us to serve growing markets, we need to deliver increasing quantities of materials while also meeting EPA/TSCA registration requirements. As a graphene consumer, we need to be able to ensure that the materials we use are within specs, consistent, and meets regulatory standards. As a leader in graphene-based additives, it makes sense for us to lead and actively participate in this standardization project.”

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