The recent alliance of Lomiko Metals and Graphene Laboratories has prompted a buzz about the use of natural graphite instead of synthetic graphite in the graphene community. So far, synthetic graphite was the main source of graphene, due to its high purity. With the prospect of high-quality natural graphite seemingly around the corner, it would be only, well, natural, to consider using the real stuff instead of a synthetic replacement.
Several graphite mining companies are on the verge of economically extracting high-purity graphite, for use in batteries, but also for graphene. Canada is emerging as a real “graphene superpower”, with most of those companies based in Ontario and Quebec. Focus Graphite has long been known as the parent company of Grafoid, which partnered with Hydro Quebec to produce batteries. Now, Lomiko Metals has signed a strategic agreement with Graphene Laboratories, which will allow the two to work closely on making natural graphene a reality.
In a recent interview for Industrial Minerals, Lomiko CEO stated that “the best way for natural graphite producers to establish meaningful relationships with the graphene industry is for junior miners to pool funding with graphene start-ups”. The question then arises who will partner with Northern Graphite, the Canadian junior miner that seems to be the closest to production of high-purity graphite? Also, will Energizer Resources also partner with a graphene company, even though it seems to have a larger body of funding than other junior miners?
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