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fuselage with a new range of functionalised graphene composites
that utilise the increased electrical conductivity to improve
lightning strike protection.
Sport
The sports industry is continually seeking enhanced performance
for competitive advantage. In competitive race sailing, Haydale
has signed heads of terms for a collaboration agreement with Alex
Thomson Racing, the HUGO BOSS sponsored extreme sailing
team. The aim is to incorporate graphene-enhanced materials in
their research and development programme to improve overall
strength and stiffness for a number of key structures within their
boat so as to keep their vessel light to ensure optimum speed
without compromising on strength.
Automotive
The automotive industry uses composite materials primarily for
their light weight, to reduce part count and complexity, and to
manufacture complex shapes. The target benefits are lower
manufacturing costs, as well as reduction in fuel consumption,
leading to lower emissions in service. An example of work
underway is in an EU-funded programme to make high-
performance graphene composites that could reduce the weight
of car structures by one-third or more.
Summary
Haydale has a materials technology which is proven to enhance
the processing of graphene and nanomaterials in order to realise
the exciting potential of these new materials. Key benefits of the
Haydale HDPlas plasma functionalisation process are:
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Wide range of chemical groups and levels of
functionalisation achievable;
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No damage to the surface or additional impurities added;
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Low environmental impact – no hazardous waste stream, low
temperature, low energy process;
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Applicable to a wide range of particulate materials; and
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Treated materials have enhanced dispersion and chemical
bonding to a matrix.
We are seeking partners from industry, research organisations and
academia to develop collaborative research programmes in
European and other funding schemes. Haydale is seeking to
develop new products and to work with the whole supply chain –
graphene producers, intermediate materials processors and end
users across the EU and globally.
Together with our existing and future partners we look forward to
seeing the full potential of graphene across a diverse range of
commercial applications.
Ray Gibbs
CEO
Haydale Ltd
tel :
+44 (0)1269 842946
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