TechConnect Innovation Program

Continuous Etch-Free Transfer of Graphene

Graphene Frontiers, Pennsylvania, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Our technology and innovation is the etch-free transfer method for graphene, which provides multiple advantages over competing traditional methods. Specifically, Graphene Frontiers’ transfer method enables lower operating costs, improved material quality, and reduces environmental impact by eliminating toxic etch chemicals and allowing reuse of the copper foil deposition substrate.

Primary Application Area: Materials & Chemical

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 4

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Graphene is a miracle material of the 21st century, however it is very difficult to produce in large scalable quantities. We produce graphene continuously, not in batches, using atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition. Our low-cost and environmentally-sustainable method for roll-to-roll graphene production comprises our core IP.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)

National Innovation Awardee

Showcase Booth #: 622

Website: graphenefrontiers.com

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: Graphene Frontiers is proud to be supported by the National Science Foundation Awards:

NSF SBIR Phase I/IB
National Science Foundation IP - 1143163
02/01/2012-01/30/2013
Roll-to-roll Production of Uniform Graphene Films at Atmospheric Pressure and Low Temperature
Developing technology for the production of low-cost, high-quality and large-area graphene films for use in flexible electronics, chemical sensors, and other applications.
Award Amount: $180,000

NSF SBIR Phase II
National Science Foundation IIP-1330991
09/15/2013-08/31/2015
Roll-to-roll Production of Uniform Graphene Films at Atmospheric Pressure and Low Temperature
Developing technology for the production of low-cost, high-quality and large-area graphene films for use in flexible electronics, chemical sensors, and other applications.
Award Amount: $750,000

Furthermore, we hold an exclusive license to graphene technology
developed at the University of Pennsylvania. The lineage of support for our
core technology includes two NSF grants for work at the University of
Pennsylvania:
(1) NSF NSEC DMR08-32802. Nano/Bio Interface Center. This NSF support led to the development of the CVD graphene synthesis process that Graphene Frontiers is scaling and commercializing. Program manager: David Brandt.
(2) NSF DMR-0805136, Graphene- and Metal-Based Atomically Precise
Nanoelectronics. Understanding the growth mechanism of our process and the use of large-area CVD graphene material for the creation of nm-scale
graphene devices that are fabricated in a Transmission Electron Microscope and measured in situ. Program manager: Charles Ying.

Primary Sources of Funding: Angel, Friends, Family, Personal Savings, Federal Grant

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners