XG Sciences announced today that it had launched a joint program with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop a titanium-graphene composite using an advanced powder metallurgy manufacturing process.
Titanium is an important structural material for a variety of industrial, commercial, and military applications due to its light weight, high strength, and corrosion resistance. However, utilisation of titanium in many applications is limited due to its low thermal conductivity. Graphene-based materials, with excellent thermal conductivity, would be a perfect reinforcement material for improving both thermal and mechanical properties of titanium. XG Sciences has the capability to mass-produce graphene nanoplatelets in high volume, while ORNL has unique capabilities for low-temperature powder metal processing. Together, the two organisations see exciting opportunities to create advanced titanium-graphene composites.
The program is jointly supported by XG Sciences and the US Department of Energy, Dr. Liya Wang, Vice President of Research and Development at XG Sciences.
Graphene is an exciting new material with huge potentials due to its fast electron mobility, high mechanical strength, and excellent thermal conductivity. Metal-matrix composites are an area that has not been explored in-depth, but offers a very large potential market opportunity. We are glad to partner with Oak Ridge National Lab and utilise their Manufacturing Demonstration Facility to advance the graphene-based material technologies and help maintain the competitive advantages of the United States in developing and manufacturing high-tech products.