BASF and Vorbeck Materials Corp. Establish Research Program
January 5, 2009
JESSUP, MD - BASF and Vorbeck Materials Corp. have established a joint research program to develop graphene-based formulations and composite materials. As part of the collaboration, Vorbeck and BASF are developing dispersions of highly conductive graphene for producing electrically conductive coating and compounds especially for the electronics industry. The newly established joint research program will lead to commercial applications in the near future.
“We are pleased with the quality and performance of Vorbeck’s graphene material,” said Norbert Wagner, Performance Chemicals Research at BASF. “This joint research effort will accelerate BASF’s product development through close collaboration between our companies’ research teams,” continued Wagner.
Before now, the manufacture of single-sheet graphene on a ton scale has not been commercially feasible. In response to this industry need, Vorbeck has licensed core technology from Princeton University to develop a unique, scalable process for manufacturing graphene in ton quantities and is poised to break some barriers previously encountered with classical graphitic materials.
“We are excited to be working with such a driven, innovative team at BASF,” said co-founder and President, John Lettow. “Vorbeck’s research team combines diverse industry experience with small-company speed to accelerate our partners’ application development capabilities.”
In its third year providing technology solutions to industry leaders in electronics, energy and transportation, Vorbeck maintains close ties to industry and university research groups alike.