Fire protection polymer with many applications
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.