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2-D Materials

Thomas Swan and Concrene join for graphene-reinforced concrete

by Michael McCoy
July 11, 2020 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 98, ISSUE 27

 

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Credit: Thomas Swan
Graphene added at less than 1% by weight nets strength improvements of greater than 20%, the partners say.

The UK specialty chemical maker Thomas Swan will supply its graphene nanoplatelets to Concrene, a University of Exeter spin-off that wants to lower the carbon footprint of concrete production. The start-up says strengthening concrete with graphene allows builders to use less of it, thus reducing carbon emissions. According to the partners, concrete production is responsible for 8% of the world’s carbon emissions.

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