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Graphene: the future for high performance materials – Victoria

Start Date 26 October 2016 Add to my calendar
End Date 26 October 2016
Time 8:30am - 2:00pm
Location Waterford Valley Golf, 131 Bunjil Way, Knoxfield, Victoria 3180
Member $65 each
Non member $110 each
Student $45 each

This half day technology seminar, with Phil Aitchison, head of R&D/IP Strategy for Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Ltd (Imagine IM), will outline the value proposition for graphene and its potential for new, high performance geotextiles, polymers and composite materials.

First isolated just over 10 years ago, graphene is the world’s first 2D material. The thickness of a single carbon atom, 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, high performing, “smart” polymers and composite materials.

Imagine IM works with leading research institutions to develop purpose designed geotextiles, resins and polymers.  It is amongst the first companies to commercialise production of graphene,  establishing Australia’s first graphene manufacturing plant in Geelong, Victoria in June 2016.  The company’s first commercial application is the development of a graphene coating technology that enables the production of a world-first conductive geotextile that will be manufactured and launched into the Australian marketplace by Geofabrics Australasia.

Who should attend

This seminar will be of interest to manufacturers, R & D and other professionals and students wanting to be informed of new and emerging technologies and their potential for high performance materials that promise major step-changes across a diverse range of applications and markets.


8.30 am – 9.00 am Registration (Tea and coffee will be served)
9.00 am – 10.15 am Miracle Material for the 21st Century
10.15 am – 10.45 am Morning Tea
10.45 am – 12.00 am Polymer composites of graphene
12.00 pm – 1.00 pm Lunch and networking
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Applications of functionalised graphene

About the presenter

Phillip Aitchison is the Chief Operating Officer at Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Ltd 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.

Topic overviews

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? These questions and more are good ones. Hopefully some will be answered to your satisfaction and leave you interested in finding out more.

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. The incorporation of graphene into polymers is not straight-forward. 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 realisation 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 utilised in a variety of fabrication approaches, including fibres, 2D/3D printing, carbon fibre, films and coatings.

 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 physicist‘s 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.


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