SNS: Special Letter: The Graphene Revolution: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

2015-07-01

Volume 18, Issue 25
Week of June 29, 2015

In This Issue
Feature: Special Letter: The Graphene Revolution: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

  • Background: Major Industrial Revolutions Driven by New Materials
  • The Good: Why Graphene Is Important and How to Assess Its Real Potential
  • The Bad: Solutions Looking for a Problem
  • The Ugly: Risk Factors for Technology Companies, Investors, and Corporate Partners
  • Where Are the Killer Apps? Opportunities in the Sensor Space
  • Nanotech Biomachines: From Material Supplier to Value-Add Product Developer
  • About Nanotech Biomachines
  • About Will Martinez

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Publisher’s Note: I suspect that many of our members first read about graphene in the SNS Global Report. Today, there are startups worldwide, national programs in graphene commercialization and research, new laboratories for certifying graphene purity and chemical composition, a new Center of Excellence planned for creation in California, and the Graphene Stakeholders Association, co-founded by SNS member Steve Waite. (Disclosure: I am an advisory board member.)While much has been done to accelerate research and compress development times, we are still in the early days of this long-term story – which should create excitement among the entrepreneurs in the crowd. It seems as though hardly a week goes by without a new scientific discovery about graphene’s growing list of electrical, chemical, and physical properties, and of their potential commercial applications.Amid all this excitement, it is important to remain aware of what is real and what is hype, and one of this year’s FiReStarter companies – Nanotech Biomachines – is in the perfect position of knowing what its customers are doing with, and paying for, graphene in its many applications.Whether you are interested in computer transistors, RF transistors for cellphones, high-power batteries, more-efficient solar cells, printable electronics, flexible touch displays, wearable smart devices, or a host of other industries in which graphene now has an edge, this week’s discussion by Nanotech CEO Will Martinez will likely whet your appetite for more information and steer you away from the wrong path. – mra.

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