Zenyatta's Albany Graphite Could be Used in Graphene Products

- September 24th, 2015

Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. (TSXV:ZEN) released the results from testing of Albany graphite completed at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). The testing revealed “positive results related to the characteristics of the [graphite].”

Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. (TSXV:ZEN) released the results from testing of Albany graphite completed at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). The testing revealed “positive results related to the characteristics of the [graphite].”
As quoted in the press release:

BGU is a research leader in alternative energy, robotics and nano-technology while playing a critical role in transforming Israel’s high-tech growth. Specifically, the BGU research group focuses on carbon nanotubes and graphene product derivatives for new applications. The Advanced Technologies Park (ATP), adjacent to BGU is home to many multi-national high-tech companies, such as EMC, Oracle, Hewlett Packard, and Deutsche Telekom, which are leveraging the R&D expertise of BGU mainly through B. G. Negev Technologies and Applications Ltd. (“BGN”). BGN is the technology transfer and commercialization company for development of university technologies with industry partners.

Dr. Oren Regev, associate professor at BGU’s Department of Chemical Engineering, commented:

Zenyatta’s purified graphite material was tested by our R&D team on dispersion and application for composite property enhancement on drug delivery and hydrogen storage devices. BGU regularly uses various types of commercially available natural flake graphite but found Albany graphite to exfoliate under sonication much easier and with higher yields of graphene nano-particles than any other natural graphite types that we have tried. Sonication is a highly effective process using sound energy to agitate the graphene layers for separation. The Zenyatta graphite appears to be composed of smaller and cleaner particles with a narrower particle size distribution. We believe that this is a high value special material with unique characteristics that could make Albany graphite the preferred material for conversion to valuable graphene applications.

Click here to read the full Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. (TSXV:ZEN) press release.

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