International VAMAS project launched
A new project has been initiated that will enable consistent, reliable graphene production for the industry.
The Hub team at the University of Adelaide has been invited to lead an international project to improve graphene standardisation. This project forms part of the Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards (VAMAS) and will involve +20 international labs and experts across 5 continents. Participants so far include labs in Brazil, Mexico, USA, UK, EU, China, Japan, South Korea and Australia.
Project leader, Prof Dusan Losic, will coordinate a standardised method for thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) of graphene and related materials. TGA is used as a key measure for characterising graphene and developing a standard TGA method is vital to growing a sustainable graphene industry world-wide. Results will assist in developing a new ISO standard: ISO/PWI 23359 ‘Chemical Characterisation of graphene and graphene oxide in powders and suspensions’.
“This work is critical to give researchers, industry and consumers confidence as they develop, manufacture and use these materials,” said Dr Jan Herrmann, National Measurement Institute.