FUI GRAPULE-2 PROJECT: GRAPHENE FOR TECHNICAL PAINTS AND 3D PRINTING
GRAPULE-2: Graphene: applications and industrial production
GRAPULE-2 aims to bring to market, within three years, a new range:
– Graphene-based conductive paint for the aerospace sector and the electrical iso-conductivity industry (compared to paints based on metallic fillers) and providing weight reductions, cost reduction, better applicability of the paint by spray deposition and improvement of radar compatibility.
– Transparent conductive graphene-based ink and printing ink jet printers, US or aerosol spray for the printed electronics sector.
To meet current expectations and future developments of the conductive paint and ink markets, the GRAPULE-2 consortium has set a goal of developing an industrial process for manufacturing low cost, high-quality graphene, based on innovative technology by CVD synthesis in a fluidized bed reactor that respects the environment and meets health and safety requirements. This technology has many advantages (particle uniformity, temperature gradients, ability to operate continuously, respect for the environment) compared to other synthetic processes, such as the exfoliation process whose environmental impact is questionable.
This new grade of graphene also covers other areas of application (energy storage, plastics and composites, concrete, etc.).
Coordinated by BOUCHILLOU ALKYA with coordination support from CANOE, the GRAPULE-2 consortium consists of eight partners including two SMEs (BOUCHILLOU and CERADROP), two large industrial groups (ARKEMA and PPG COATINGS), two technology platforms (CANOE and CTTC) and two academic laboratories (CRPP and LCC), which cover the entire value chain, from the future graphene producer and formulators of semi-finished products to the end applicators.
The GRAPULE-2 project is a structuring project for the New Aquitaine Region because it brings together six Aquitaine and Limousine partners in the field of materials and 3D printing technologies.
This project was selected by the Single Inter-ministerial Fund and accredited by the European Ceramics Centre and the Aerospace Valley Centre.
This project benefits from funding from the government, the New Aquitaine Regional Council and the European Regional Development Fund.