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Iceni Labs signs graphene technology MoU with 2D Materials
Iceni Labs has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Singapore’s 2D Materials (2DM) that will see the companies combine their respective expertise to develop and market high-technology graphene-based products for the defence, automotive and aerospace markets in Europe, North America and the Middle East.
2DM manufactures high-performance graphene as an industrial additive to enhance the properties of many industrial materials. Graphene is one atom thick layer of pure carbon in hexagonal arrangement which is one million times thinner than paper, 300 times stronger than steel and 97 percent transparent. In addition to being the strongest material ever measured, graphene offers extremely high best performances in toughness, weight, light transmittance and electrical conductivity.
The MoU will explore the potential to use 2DM’s graphene as an industrial additive to enhance the properties of Iceni Labs-developed industrial products including microphones, weapons optics devices and coatings.
Iceni Labs is currently working on two cutting-edge, Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)-funded programmes that aim to exploit the properties of graphene for the defence market. Under the first programme the company is developing the world’s smallest and most sensitive graphene microphones; under the second, the capabilities of graphene are being used to develop a game-changing day/night weapon sight that enables the sight to switch between day and thermal modes at the press of a button, with the form and function of current combat optical gunsights.
Alex Giles, Chief Commercial Officer, Iceni Labs, said: “Graphene is widely considered as one of the most promising materials discovered in the past decade, with superior mechanical properties, thermal and electrical conductivity – all of which makes graphene an excellent match for improving a range of applications for the defence, automotive and aerospace markets.
“We are extremely pleased to team with 2DM, a world-leader in this technology, to explore how we can advance our work bringing cutting-edge products to these markets.”
Dr Ricardo Oliveira, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, 2D Materials, said: “2DM has been achieving significant progress with our trials and commercial applications, we have obtained consistency in increased performance and mechanical properties that reflects what true Graphene is. We are confident that the development in Graphene Applications would be accelerated and optimized further with Iceni expertise in defence, automotive and aerospace industries.”
The MoU began in August 2021, with an initial period of 12 months.