In my most-recent InvestorIntel Graphite & Graphene Week-in-Review, I wrote about the forthcoming “graphene revolution”… and here’s further proof about the incredible innovation and transformation happening in this sector. In a collaborative agreement, a new, provisional patent application was recently filed on behalf Grafoid Inc. and Hydro-Québec for MesoGraf™ (MesoGraf); the first trademarked graphene in the world. MesoGraf is a high-density graphene composition obtained from natural graphite. The application describes a new composition using a type of graphene. The inventors, Dr. Gordon Chiu (Chief Scientist, Vice President and Co-founder of Grafoid), Dr. Karim Zaghib (Director of Hydro-Québec’s Research Institute), Abdelbast Guerfi (Hydro-Québec’s Research Institute) and Amélie Forand (Hydro-Québec’s Research Institute), have successfully designed a uniform composite containing carbon-coated lithium metal phosphate with MesoGraf.
It should be noted that Focus Graphite Inc. (TSXV: FMS | OTCQX: FCSMF) is a partner of the technology firm Grafoid; holding a 21% ownership stake in the privately held research-and-development company. As most readers are aware, Focus is developing the Lac Knife high-grade graphite property in Quebec; however, what readers may not know is that Focus supplied all of the graphite Grafoid used to develop and optimize MesoGraf from Lac Knife.
MesoGraf has a novel structural, conductive and hybrid properties that allow it to act as an energy-storage mechanism and as an energy conduit. The patent-pending technology is the culmination of the research-and-development agreement between Grafoid and Hydro-Québec’s Research Institute to produce next-generation lithium ferrophosphate (LFP)-graphene batteries with ultra-short charging times and dramatically longer recyclable lifetimes. MesoGraf is anticipated to be vital for the energy sector – specifically, portable energy – and impact everything from alternative energy (any energy source that is an alternative to fossil fuel) storage and transmission to radically improved consumer products.
Dr. Chiu explained that, “MesoGraf is a stable intermediate product derived from raw graphite ore that can easily be transformed into graphene.” In record time, Dr. Chiu and his partners at the National University of Singapore (NUS) were able to isolate a material from raw graphite ore that can be transformed instantly into graphene.
According to Gary Economo, President and CEO of both Focus and Grafoid, “MesoGraf offers a direct, fast and cheap way to commercialize graphene on a global scale, and catapults the enterprise ahead of any graphene development venture in Asia, the US or Europe.” Grafoid has already received orders for MesoGraf from a number of large companies, including battery businesses, a chemical firm and a large utility company.
Both Dr. Chiu and Economo emphasized that having a global standard for economically scalable graphene has long been recognized as central to establishing the nano-carbon as a marketable technology. “We believed that by accomplishing two things — by investing in a process of producing graphene cost-effectively and by setting a global standard — the door to industrial scale adaptation would open to us,” according to Dr. Chiu. “MesoGraf has achieved this… and it is the game changer.”