The research on direct exfoliation of graphite into graphene in liquids started last year at Grafen Co., now revealed first results with help from Bioorganic Chemistry and Petrochemistry of National Academy of Sciences (BPCI) of Ukraine.
Graphene production is done by wide ranging methods from graphite oxide route to chemical vapor deposition however recently direct liquid-phase exfoliation of graphite into graphene has gained much attention by its unique product crystallinity and lower environmental footprint. Grafen Co. last year entered a study to assess the process with a large team of leading researchers from global institutions. The research project aiming to develop theoretical understanding for improved graphene production has started to give its first results.
İbrahim Mutlay, Chief Science Officer of Grafen Co. has partnered with Sergiy Rogalsky and Evgeny Sheludko of BPCI, Ukraine to characterize the morphology of graphene samples synthesized by a novel liquid-phase exfoliation process developed by Grafen Co. The work was conducted at the labs of Grafen Co. and atomic force microscopy (AFM) facilities of BPCI. Initial AFM data shows multilayered graphene sheets, 10-15 nm in thickness and ~0.5 µm in diameter proving great potential of the process.
About Grafen Chemical Industries Co.
Grafen Co. was founded by Ibrahim Mutlay 10+ years ago to develop carbon nanotube based fibers. After extensive R&D in this field to build pilot-scale carbon nanotube development lines, Grafen Co. expanded its research directions into the immature graphene technology at 2007. Today, Grafen Co. with its skilled Executive and International Advisory Boards is a major technology developer in the field of advanced material sciences involving not only carbon nanostructures but also natural and man-made nanomaterials, functional polymers and fine chemicals.
Grafen Co. is headquartered in Ankara, Turkey.