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Graphene’s Market Ascension in 3 Visuals



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Graphene’s Market Ascension in 3 Visuals

Did you know that a two-dimensional single sheet of graphene can support the weight of an elephant?

This wonder material has captivated researchers, industries, and innovators alike, propelling it from a laboratory marvel to a game-changing force for technology and manufacturing.

Sponsored by HydroGraph, this infographic provides an in-depth exploration of graphene’s standout attributes, its diverse range of types and applications, along with the material’s promising commercial trajectory.

Best-Selling Features of Graphene

Industry stakeholders highly value this 2D material’s unparalleled properties.

The Graphene Council conducted a survey asking respondents how important each of the following properties is to them. This is how they responded, with numbers rounded to the nearest five percent:

PropertyEssentialImportantInterestingNot needed
Electrical conductivity50%25%15%10%
Thermal conductivity30%35%25%10%
Electrical charge storage30%20%30%20%
Impact resistance (toughness)30%35%20%15%
Tensile strength30%35%20%15%
Corrosion resistance30%30%25%15%
Electrical charge storage30%20%30%20%
Barrier properties25%30%30%15%
Flex Modulus20%40%25%15%
UV protection20%25%30%25%
Flame retardation20%25%30%25%

These exceptional properties provide the material with a competitive edge and contribute to its meteoric rise in demand.

Most In-Demand Types of Graphene

Different products require different forms of graphene beyond just its single-layer sheet structure.

  1. Graphene oxide: A form of graphene modified with oxygen to enhance its dispersibility and mixability. This type of graphene is used in things like conductive inks and drug delivery.
  2. Graphene nanoplatelets: Theses are structures composed of multiple layers of two-dimensional graphene sheets stacked together, and are commonly used in structural materials and sound transducers.
  3. Mono & bilayer graphene: These comprise of one or two layers of 2D graphene sheets and can be beneficial for flexible display screens, energy storage devices, and water filtration systems.

Other types include nanoribbons (nano-sized strips), quantum dots (fragments with quantum effects), and nanotubes (rolled-up sheets).

Graphene oxide is expected to have the highest commercial demand by 2030. Here are the market shares of each major type, according to Global Market Insights.

Type of grapheneMarket share, 2030F (%)
Graphene Oxide44.3%
Graphene Nanoplatelets32.7%
Mono and Bilayer Graphene14.5%
Numbers are rounded

These future demand projections help serve as a compass for potential investors.

Towards Commercialization

Graphene’s path from discovery to commercialization brims with innovation, and further progress lies on the horizon. Here is a timeline to reflect that.

1859Sporadic attempts to study graphene
1947Theoretical study into graphene’s electrical properties
2004Isolation of single-layer graphene and discovery of its unique properties
2010Initiation of commercial industry R&D trials
2013Launch of the European Union's Graphene Flagship project, a €1 billion research initiative
2014The appearance of consumer products containing graphene
2016The emergence of producers with multiple-ton capacity
2018Verification of graphene by specialty chemical companies in their materials
2019Incorporation of graphene-enhanced materials by Ford Motor Company in vehicles
2020Creation of the world's first mass-produced graphene-enabled solar farm through the Spearhead Project Solar Farm
2022Advancements in defect control and functionalization
2025 (expected)Full commercial adoption in multiple industries
2027 (expected)Graphene becomes a standard additive for composites, rubber, plastics, paints, etc.
2030 (expected)Graphene disrupts and replaces legacy materials

Balancing the demand and supply curves is crucial to prevent shortages by 2033, according to Research and Markets. To even out demand and supply, more production capacity for graphene is needed, which will pave the way for future companies and investors in the space.

HydroGraph stands out with its patented eco-friendly technology, positioned to produce more than 10 tons of ultra-pure (99.8%) graphene within a mere three months.

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