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Technology Seminar on Graphene – Sydney, NSW

Start Date 5 May 2015 Add to my calendar
End Date 5 May 2015
Time 9.00am - 1.30pm
Location Sydney
Member $55 each
Non member $88 each

This half-day technology seminar will outline the value proposition for graphene and its potential for new, high performance materials and products.

First isolated just 10 years ago, graphene is the world’s first 2D material. A single atom of carbon thick, graphene is the world’s strongest material (200 times stronger than steel); the world’s most conductive material and the thinnest material on earth. These attributes offer enormous potential for new, higher performing polymers and composite materials.

Delegates will hear from research executive and material scientist Phil Aitchison, COO and Head of R&D at NanoCarbon, an Australian developer of commercial graphene products and Professor David Officer, from the University of Woolongong.

NB Member rate applies to members of Composites Australia, TTNA, SPE and FSAA.


8.30 am – 9.00 am Registration, tea and coffee will be served
9.00 am – 9.10 am Welcome
9.10 am – 10.00 am NanoCarbon – Miracle Material for the 21st Century
An introduction to graphene with Phil Aitchison
10.00 am – 10.30 am Morning Tea
10.30 am – 11.10 am Polymer composites of graphene
with Professor David Officer, University of Wollongong
11.10 am – 11.50 am NanoCarbon – Applications of functionalised graphene
with Phil Aitchison
11.50 am – 12.10 pm General discussion and wrap up
12.10 pm – 1.30pm Lunch and networking









NanoCarbon – Miracle Material for the 21st Century
Graphene is 200 times stronger than steel, has nearly perfect electrical conduction, is an excellent thermal conductor, can be transparent, stretches, has huge surface area and is impermeable to gases. That’s all very exciting, but what does it mean? How do you make it? How do you use it? Who can I buy it from and what will it do for me? Will it cause cancer or cure cancer? These questions and more are good ones. Hopefully some will be answered to your satisfaction and leave you interested in finding out more. As part of the introduction the first 50 attendees get a free NanoCarbon Graphene Applicator.

Polymer composites of graphene

Graphene’s amazing mechanical, electrical, catalytic and possible biological properties have led to a frenzied level of research activity, uncovering significant improvements in those properties or in composite materials containing it. This level of activity has encountered challenges centered around the fabrication of graphene-containing devices. One of the simplest ways to introduce graphene into devices is by way of polymer composites. However, chemistries, protocols and fabrication equipment need to be developed in order to enable the realization of graphene polymer composites and their introduction into devices. This presentation will highlight the graphene requirements for polymer composite formation and how such composites can be utilized in a variety of fabrication approaches, including fibre spinning and 2D/3D printing.

NanoCarbon – Applications of functionalised graphene
The applications of graphene are broad. Given the range of superlative properties it can play a role in nearly any application that you so desire. However, not all graphene is created equal. Much of the graphene that is generating popular interest is not suitable for use outside of a physicists laboratory. It’s amazing, but difficult to use. Functionalisation by chemical modification makes graphene practical to use in areas as diverse as water quality, energy storage, polymer composites, drug delivery and semiconductors. The various flavours of graphene and their applications will be discussed.

About the presenters

Phillip Aitchison is Chief Operating Officer at NanoCarbon, where he is also responsible for R&D. He has over 20 years of experience in applied materials science, intellectual property, manufacturing, licensing and technology commercialisation.
His main fields of experience have been in energy storage, notably lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors where nano-materials and carbon composites play a key role. Recently Phillip was Vice President of Research at CAP-XX, an Australian supercapacitor developer and manufacturer. He has a Doctorate in Chemistry awarded jointly in 1998 by the University of Montpellier, France and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Professor David Officer,

is Professor of Organic Chemistry in the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials Science (ACES) at the University of Wollongong. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in 1982 and joined the lecturing staff at Massey University in 1986 after three years research work in organic chemistry at the ANU and as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Germany. During his 22 years at Massey University, he became founding Director of the Nanomaterials Research Centre and Professor in Chemistry in the Institute of Fundamental Sciences at Massey University, New Zealand.

David joined ACES in 2007 and leads the electromaterials research, developing new materials including porphyrins, polythiophenes and nanocarbons. He is also responsible for organic materials synthesis, including graphene synthesis, in the Materials Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility and leads Program 3 Polymers for Solar Cells in the CRC for Polymers (CRC-P).

David has published more than 150 papers in the areas of porphyrins, conducting polymers, nanomaterials and nanostructured carbons, and solar cells. In 2004, he was awarded the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry HortResearch Prize for Excellence in the Chemical Sciences.


NB Member rate applies to members of Composites Australia, TTNA, SPE and FSAA.

Register online below or download the event brochure and fax or email the completed registration form.