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31st August 2017, Nashville, TN

NGA launches international conference in Nashville

Tens of thousands of graphene patents have already been awarded to companies including Samsung and IBM. Innovators will gather in Nashville to share ideas and challenges related to the emerging technology for the first-ever Graphene Innovation Summit & Expo, which takes place from 29-31 October, hosted by the National Graphene Association (NGA).

Graphene is a 2D layer of carbon that conducts electricity better than copper; it is the thinnest material on the planet but 200 times stronger than steel, while also highly flexible and completely transparent to the human eye.

Driving innovation

“The National Graphene Association is focused on creating a forum for stakeholders to drive innovation and facilitate adoption of graphene in the United States and around the world,” said Dr Zina Jarrahi Cinker, Vanderbilt University physicist and NGA executive director.

“One of our biggest challenges today is a lack of graphene industry standards, and we will collaborate with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in developing those standards. Our objective is to help streamline the advancement of graphene applications in everyday products.”

Several organisations will be highlighting their innovations at the Summit, which will feature two days of plenary talks, panel discussions, graphene product and idea showcases, investor pitches and interaction with exhibitors. NGA’s CEO, Kevin J. Seddon, expects the event to attract a host of stakeholders, including leaders in research and development as well as finance, government and education, among others.


“Graphene will eventually find its way into almost every field and will affect many facets of human life, including energy storage, electronics, smart textiles, sensors, medical devices, bio interfaces, water purification, composites and many more,” said Seddon. “Graphene could bring advanced coatings that don’t corrode, mobile device screens that become flexible and shatterproof, or lithium ion batteries with greater longevity.”

Tens of thousands of graphene patents have already been awarded to companies including Samsung and IBM. Companies today are using graphene in products ranging from car bodies and safety equipment in auto racing to bio sensors and thermo-regulating garments in the health and fitness sector.


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