EDITOR: | July 26th, 2016 | 3 Comments

Graphene 101 — Adrian Nixon explains the basics

| July 26, 2016 | 3 Comments

July 26, 2016 — Who is making graphene and where — that is an important thing to know. The author of the new Global Graphene Manufacturing Report, Adrian Nixon, asked this basic question when writing his columns for InvestorIntel. Adrian was surprised there was no single authoritative source of information about the state of the art of graphene manufacture worldwide. So he has created one for InvestorIntel. This report is totally independent and is not funded by any of the producers in the market. The market is dynamic and therefore the report will be updated at least twice per year, more if the pace of change demands it.

Adrian holds a degree in chemistry from the Royal Society of Chemistry and has decades of experience in both R&D and manufacturing. He is well placed to understand and explain the technologies that are emerging. His report will tell you who the key players are, what is the nature of their products and, where the data exists, the list price of these products. If you want to know the state of the art for graphene manufacture then this report is for you.

In this interview, InvestorIntel Publisher Tracy Weslosky goes through all the basic questions with Adrian — and he provides down-to-earth explanations to those questions (some of which you may have been afraid to ask).


  • Explains what graphene is (a pencil with graphite is used to illustrate this).
  • Outlines why graphene is so important (one point: it’s the best electrical conductor known).
  • Describes the two main methods by which graphene is derived.
  • Talks about many companies worldwide that are engaged in graphene production.
  • Voices concerns about the quality of some graphene supplies.

Adrian Nixon is a Senior Editor at InvestorIntel.


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  • Dan

    Adrian’s first comment that Graphene is a single layer of hexagonal graphite is confusing. He appears to say a viewer of a sheet would see benzene-type structures in the plane. That is not my understanding of the structure.
    Also, how is his report available.

    July 27, 2016 - 2:22 PM

    • Tracy Weslosky

      Fred Cowans is heading up the sales of the Global Graphene Report Dan, and may be reached at Fred@Wescow.com — he is my former investment banking partner from our DealFlow days…..love him!

      July 29, 2016 - 11:23 AM

  • Adrian Nixon

    Hi Dan, You are actually quite right. Graphene can indeed be thought of as a sheet of connected hexagonal benzene structures.
    A team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California used the world’s most powerful transmission electron microscope to image the hexagonal structure of graphene. You can see the image at this link if you want to take a look yourself:
    When I first encountered graphene a few years ago my immediate reaction was to think of it in terms of poly-benzene, a sheet of connected hexagonal benzene rings. My guess is that the name graphene was invented to describe the structure to prevent the spread of the language of poly-benzene right from the start. As you will know, Benzene is carcinogenic, and not nice. This has prompted much investigation into the toxicity of graphene. So far it seems remarkably safe. Also the Nobel prizewinners who discovered graphene pointed out that in the decade or so since its discovery no-one working on the stuff has died from any graphene related toxic effects.
    You also enquired about the availability of the report. I’ll ask Tracy and her team to contact you with more details.
    Thanks for your interest and comments. Adrian

    July 28, 2016 - 6:35 AM

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