Haydale Graphene Industries plc (AIM: HAYD), the Group focused on enabling technology for the commercialisation of graphene and other nano materials, announced today it is exercising its rights under its existing pipeline agreement with Swansea University and Swansea Innovation Limited (together “Swansea”) (the “Pipeline Agreement”) to acquire a new invention (the “new invention”).
The new invention relates to heatable articles, in particular clothing and bedding, incorporating carbon nanomaterial-based heaters. The flexibility, compact construction and thermal performance of the heaters means that the technology is envisaged as being of particular relevance to high performance garments for elite sports applications.
Ray Gibbs, CEO at Haydale, commented:
“I am pleased to announce this second invention acquired from Swansea under the Pipeline Agreement. As previously stated, our strategy is to work with experts in our chosen market sectors to rapidly develop commercial products using our HDPlas™ functionalisation process. This announcement demonstrates that this strategy is working and we are optimistic that the new invention will further enhance Haydale’s commercial opportunities in the application of graphene and carbon nano-materials.”
Dr Gerry Ronan, Head of IP Commercialisation for Swansea University stated:
“We are delighted with how successful the Pipeline Agreement with Haydale Graphene Industries plc has become in such a short space of time. By incentivising all parties involved in research conducted at Swansea University we are now seeing the development of potentially commercially viable technologies from graphene. This partnership has been cemented with another patent application for a technology that we believe has huge commercial potential with multiple applications across many industries.”
Haydale has developed a patented scalable plasma process to functionalise graphene and other nanomaterials. This enabling technology can provide Haydale with a rapid and highly cost-efficient method of supplying tailored solutions to enhance applications for both raw material suppliers and product manufacturers.
Functionalisation is carried out through a low-pressure plasma process that treats both mined, organic fine powder and other synthetically produced nanomaterial powders, producing high-quality few layered graphenes and graphene nanoplatelets. The process can functionalise with a range of chemical groups, with the level of functionalisation tailored to the customer’s needs. Good dispersion improves the properties and performance of the host material and ensures the final product performs as specified.
The Haydale plasma process does not use wet chemistry, nor does it damage the material being processed; rather, it can clean up any impurities inherent in the raw material. The technology is a low energy user and most importantly environmentally friendly. The Haydale process is an enabling technology, allowing the Company to work with a raw material producer who seeks to add value to the base product and tailor the outputs to meet the target applications of the end user.
Haydale, based in South Wales and housed in a purpose-built facility for processing and handling nanomaterials, is facilitating the application of graphenes and other nanomaterials in fields such as inks, sensors, energy storage, photovoltaics, composites, paints and coatings.
- Wednesday 3 February 2016 08.57 GMT
- Wednesday 3 February 2016 09.01 GMT
- James Pack, Tel: 01792 606410