STRATEGIC Energy Resources and its research partner Monash University have been awarded a second ARC Linkage Grant for graphene based research.
The research grant, titled “Green Manufacturing of Graphene from Indigenous Natural Graphite and Graphene-based Nanofiltration Membranes”, will allow the company and university to establish a green chemical route for transforming graphites fines (an industry byproduct from the Uley mine located in SA), into graphene.
The team will develop scalable coating methods for producing asymmetric, inert, robust, and highly permeable graphene membranes. These will allow the safe and economical treatment of corrosive mining effluents and the recovery of precious metals.
According to the researchers, current research has already led to very encouraging results for water purification, with the development of “super-sand”, sand grains coated with graphene layers.
The research is being funded to the tune of $375,000, with ARC approving $255,000 over three years, while SER, through its wholly owned subsidiary Graphitech, will contribute $120,000 over three years.