A new industry association – the Australian Graphene Industry Association (AGIA) has just been formed to assist and promote the nation’s graphene industry.
For those who are unaware, graphene is a carbon allotrope consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice. It has a multitude of uses in several different industries ranging from electronics and renewable energy to water treatment, construction and aerospace engineering. Graphene has been said to be the strongest material ever tested, whilst remaining flexible and forms the most electrically and thermally conductive material to date.
The AGIA was formed to be the nation’s peak body for graphene, representing businesses and researchers alike, holding a strong focus on safe and productive adoption of the product. The association was created by a group of leading industry players and researchers who aim to better assist people to understand what graphene is whilst also promoting current research and strengthening community links.
The association has said that they will run an annual conference called Graphene+ and this years’ speakers have just been announced.
Some notable international guests include:
- Omer Gozen, Global Head, New Materials & Packaging at Plug and Play (USA)
- Volkmar Döricht, Siemens AG, Corporate Technology Research and Technology Center (Germany)
- Professor Peter Middendorf, Institute Director at the Institute of Aircraft Design at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering and Geodetics, University of Stuttgart (Germany)
- Dr Amanda Barnard, Chief Research Scientist in Data61, CSIRO
- Bronwyn Fox, Director, Swinburne University Manufacturing Futures Research Institute
- Elina Ollila, CEO – UX-Fit (USA).
This year’s event will take place on October 8 in the Hawthorn Arts Centre in Melbourne and will form a focal point for all participants in the advanced materials ecosystem in Australia, and for those interested in the role graphene will play in Australia’s future.
Additionally, the conference is also set to hold a student pitch competition, which will see students invited from a range of Australian universities to present their graphene projects to the panel in an attempt to win a cash prize (in addition to other rewards such as mentoring and marketing guidance). More information on the conference and the AGIA can be found here.