Brazil develops graphene thermoplastics

Nanotechnology company Gerdau Graphene, based in Brazil, says that it has developed gra-phene-enhanced thermoplastics which it says has improved performance at a lower cost than similar materials.

The materials are currently being piloted in a range of industrial applications, and commercial deliveries are expected in June, the company said.

Gerdau says that it is also developing graphene additives for post-industrial and post-consumer recycled plastics and polymers, including PP, PE, polystyrene (PS), polycarbonate (PC), PVC, and more.

“The biggest challenge we face is how to make plastics better by improving its material qualities, reducing costs, and increasing sustainability throughout its lifecycle,” said Alexandre Côrrea, CEO. “By adding specialized graphene additives to thermoplastic recipes, plastic producers can create stronger, more durable plastic products at a fraction of the cost and with far less petroleum and fewer raw materials needed. Because less plastic is needed for final products, less plastic becomes post-consumer waste.”