Fire pro­tec­tion poly­mer with many ap­pli­ca­tions

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

PAINTS AND build­ing ma­te­ri­als re­in­forced with fire-re­tar­dant graphene poly­mer could soon be pro­duced in Aus­tralia un­der a part­ner­ship in­volv­ing Ade­laide re­searchers.

West Aus­tralia based-graphite pro­ducer First Graphite will soon start con­struc­tion of Aus­tralia’s first com­mer­cial graphene pro­duc­tion plant gen­er­at­ing up to 90 tonnes of graphene to be used as a new gen­er­a­tion of fire-re­tar­dant, and adding a new layer of pro­tec­tion against build­ing fires.

First Graphite holds the world­wide li­cence agree­ment to ex­ploit Ade­laide Univer­sity’s de­vel­op­ment of a graphene-based fire re­tar­dant tech­nol­ogy.

First Graphite and the Ade­laide Univer­sity prod­uct line will fo­cus on two prod­uct lines:

Graphene paints for fire re­sis­tive coat­ings, in­clud­ing wall pa­pers, fi­bres, wood fences and build­ing cladding;

Fire Re­sis­tive en­gi­neered wood, in­clud­ing par­ti­cle-board, chip board and gyproc wall ma­te­rial.

Other prospec­tive uses are as a pro­tec­tive coat­ing on fabrics, uni­forms and mil­i­tary hard­ware.

Graphene is the world’s strong­est known ma­te­rial and can with­stand tem­per­a­tures of up to 700 de­grees.

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