New guidance on the properties of graphene flakes for commercial use has been produced by the British Standards Institution.
PAS 1201 outlines the physical and chemical properties of graphene flakes and advice on the information manufacturers and suppliers should give to prospective users.
Graphene - which consists of a single layer of carbon atoms and is piable and transparent - has been lauded as a wonder material that can be added to plastic and steel to make a stronger and lighter composite.
BSI head of manufacturing Dan Palmer said: “PAS 1201 sets out the information that any manufacturer or interested party needs to understand about graphene before introducing this material to the manufacturing process.
“Standardising the information that is made available about properties of graphene flakes is important in order for the commercial opportunities of graphene in the UK to be realised.”
The guide is useful for businesses wishing to compare the basic properties of graphene flake materials from different manufacturers, test equipment manufacturers, procurers, researchers and policy makers.
Illustrations of the different stages for manufacturing graphene flakes and for impacting graphene material selection are also included, as well as a comprehensive list of industry-agreed terms and definitions.
PAS 1201 can be downloaded free on the BSI website.
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