Nevada-based American Graphite Technologies Inc. has announced a Letter Of Intent to collaborate with the Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology (KIPT) in Kharkov, Ukraine. The purpose of the collaboration is to research the properties of graphene contained matter as working material for 3D printing.
"I have been meeting with our collaboration partners at KIPT over the past week in Ukraine and I am very excited about the project that we are about to embark on," states CEO of the Company, Rick Walchuk. "We are currently finalizing the details and expect to release more information on the project shortly."
Graphene is derived from graphite. It is very thin, super strong and nearly transparent. A single layer of carbon one atom thick arranged in a hexagonal lattice, it is 200 times stronger than steel and conducts electricity and heat. Since April of 2012, the demand for graphene has increased by over 4000 percent. Most of this demand comes from the automotive, aerospace, electronics, and energy storage industries.
Beyond the obvious possible uses for graphene, such as flexible touch screens as thin as paper, its potential for replacing silicon in transistors, strengthening plastics and being embedded inside other materials make it a particularly good 3D printing material candidate. Graphene may provide a solution for 3D printed circuit boards, wires and other electronics in addition to vastly stronger composites in general.
American Graphite Technologies Inc. is a mineral exploration and technology development company concentrating on securing graphite mining opportunities and the commercialization of graphene-specific proprietary technology methods. It is listed on the US Stock Exchange as AGIN and on the Berlin Stock Exchange as A8G.