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Haydale, the Company focused on enabling technology for the commercialisation of graphene, has announced a non-exclusive agreement with Goodfellow, a leading supplier and marketer of metals and materials for industry and research.
The agreement will focus on the global marketing and distribution of Haydale's functionalised graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs), which are designed to enhance product performance when compared to non-functionalised materials; they are suitable for numerous applications including resins, epoxies and polymer composites.
A major player in the R&D world, Goodfellow is widely accepted as the premier global distributor of advanced materials for research, development, prototyping and specialised manufacturing. Goodfellow's offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany and China, along with its network of global distributors, will be able to promote this innovative product to hundreds of thousands of researchers around the world. In addition to being a materials supplier, Goodfellow offers a team of materials experts and an extensive knowledge base built up over years of experience dealing with the research community, making the company a valuable resource for research scientists.
The non-exclusive agreement with Goodfellow marks Haydale's intent to increase its presence across the global R&D market, and will see the HDPlas® range of functionalised GNPs made available to R&D customers. Goodfellow will initially offer HDPlas® O2 oxygen-functionalised GNPs as a trial pack containing 2g each of material with low, medium and high levels of functionalisation. The offer will expand within the coming months to include further products from Haydale's HDPlas® range.
Ray Gibbs, CEO at Haydale, commented: "This agreement with Goodfellow is integral to the distribution of our functionalised GNPs across the global R&D market. Goodfellow's extensive customer base will be instrumental in achieving greater access and visibility for our HDPlas® range, giving more R&D customers worldwide the opportunity to test and analyse our plasma functionalised material for integration into their products and applications. The endorsement of being included among their suppliers is a great step forward for us, and we are delighted that Goodfellow has agreed to list our GNP product."
He added: "It is our ability to functionalise GNPs to a customer's specific requirements that uniquely positions us in the market for graphene nanomaterial products in terms of providing a key to graphene's commercialisation. We look forward to working closely with the Goodfellow team to develop and deliver the HDPlas® range internationally."
Stephen Aldersley, Managing Director of Goodfellow, believes that the new relationship with Haydale is an important expansion of Goodfellow's activities in the field of nanoparticles in general and graphene in particular. "The Haydale product can demonstrate significant advantages over other functionalisation methods, and we are pleased to be promoting their products to our global customer base in this very important research area."
Following the discovery by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov in 2004, graphene has been heralded as a scientific revolution in the 21st century due to its exceptional physical and mechanical properties. However, questions still remain over the commercial reality of delivering graphene and the relevance it has to real products and applications. The Haydale plasma functionalisation process has the potential to offer tailored surface modification of graphene nanomaterials whilst maintaining structural integrity, eliminating a key barrier to the commercialisation of graphene.
The process can clean up any material impurities inherent in the raw material and may even repair defects in the base material. The process can provide customised functionalisation with a wide range of chemical groups not available from other functionalisation techniques, allowing Haydale to match a product with the most appropriate functionalisation to meet customer specifications.
To find out more about Haydale's proprietary plasma process, visit www.haydale.com, email or call +44 (0)1269 842946.
For further information on Goodfellow and their custom products and materials, please visit www.goodfellow.com or email
Haydale is a global leader in facilitating the commercial application of graphenes. With its enabling technology, Haydale can work with both raw material suppliers and product manufacturers to provide a rapid and highly cost-efficient method of supplying tailored solutions to enhance an application.
Haydale has patents pending for a low-temperature plasma (under 100°C) process that overcomes a key barrier to the functionalisation of large-scale production of graphene nanoplatelets (GNP) and carbon nanotubes (CNT). The process can functionalise with a range of standard and exotic chemical groups (fluorine is one such example), where the amount of chemicals can be tailored to the customer’s needs. Good dispersion optimises the properties and performance and ensures the final product performs as specified.
In particular, the Haydale plasma functionalisation process is capable of being tailored to produce a wide range of surface modifications, including chemical groups suitable for bonding or repelling specific chemicals. This process will substantially improve compatibility between the nanomaterials and any matrix or binder material.
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 and may even repair some of the defects in the base material. The technology is a low energy user and most importantly is environmentally friendly. The Haydale method is an enabling technology where working with a raw material producer can add value to the base product and tailor the outputs to meet the target applications of the end user.
Now housed in a new facility for processing and handling nanomaterials, and utilising a scalable technology, Haydale is facilitating the application of graphenes and other nanomaterials in fields such as inks, sensors, energy storage, photovoltaics, composites, paints and coatings.
For more than 45 years, the Goodfellow name has been synonymous with small quantities of high-quality metals, polymers, ceramics and other materials that meet the research, development, and specialised production requirements of science and industry worldwide. The Goodfellow catalogue contains over 70,000 products available for rapid shipment to customers worldwide. Standard products can be found online at the comprehensive Goodfellow Catalogue (www.goodfellow.com). In addition to the standard products, Goodfellow is able to offer non-standard products to the customer’s specifications as well as materials in larger quantities for the production requirements of high-tech industry. The Goodfellow Group of companies consists of Goodfellow Cambridge Limited (UK), Goodfellow Corporation (USA), Goodfellow SARL (France), Goodfellow GmbH (Germany) and Goodfellow Shanghai (China).
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