UBCO Special Research Project – “BDV” Biomass Derived VAGNA (Vertically Aligned Graphene Nano Arrays)
Biomass Derived VAGNA
(Vertically Aligned Graphene Nano Arrays)
Creating Rechargeable Battery Material
Our Blue Planet (OBP) is pleased to announce a special research project in conjunction with the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) Engineering Department for the development of “BDV” Biomass Derived Vertically Aligned Graphene Nano Arrays (VAGNAs). Dr. Lukas Bichler is the supervising Professor of the special research project.
Derived from 100% sustainable waste wood products, the structured VAGNAs have been shown to be an extremely conductive material, suitable for use in rechargeable batteries and other energy storage devices.
Using a proprietary OBP process, we hope to demonstrate alignment and customization of pore size range spanning from macro, meso, micro to promote superior ion exchange, faster charge times, and superior energy density.
The use of biomass to create graphene nano arrays in the most sustainable way as possible was the overall project driver. Having zero petroleum based carbons as a battery anode will have a dramatic reduction in GHG emissions, and will deviate from current battery anode graphite that is derived from environmentally damaging extractive processes such as mining or from fossil fuel products.
UBC Okanagan Engineering Department:
Research Assistant Madisyn Szypula, with Our Blue Planet President Scott Farnham, in Lab with precursor biomass material.