The ChemQuest Technology Institute has entered a three-year agreement to support the growth and validation of Universal Matter’s graphene technology based on sustainable feedstocks. ChemQuest will explore the benefits of the technology in applications for paints and coatings and identify the most valuable markets and opportunities for growth. Universal Matter has pioneered high performing, economical graphene technology based on a range of carbon materials, including coal, cokes, biomass, and recycled rubber and plastics, which dramatically reduces its environmental footprint versus graphene based on traditional feedstocks.
“Our team is excited to continue working with this unique and valuable material. Not only is Universal Matter’s graphene technology sustainable thanks to raw materials based on biological and circular sources – it is also economical, scalable and extremely high performing. This is because of its innovative and novel production process,” said Daniel Murad, CEO of The ChemQuest Group.
Earlier collaboration between Universal Matter and ChemQuest demonstrated the effectiveness of the technology in formulations for specific applications. Proven performance improvements included compressive strength, tensile strength, barrier properties, rheological enhancement, and flow characteristics. Expanding on the past work and collaboration between the two companies, the current initiative will focus on developing knowledge for a broader range of applications in paints and coatings.
“There is an inherent need and significant business opportunity to improve the performance and sustainability of products in these markets via the upcycling of carbon into ‘green’ graphene, thus improving the mechanical properties of these industrial materials and creating stronger, longer lasting coatings, which also significantly reduce our carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions,” said John van Leeuwen, CEO of Universal Matter.