UBCO Special Research Project – “BDV” Biomass Derived VAGNA (Vertically Aligned Graphene Nano Arrays)

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.

FIT & EC Fast Ion Transfer & Electron Conductivity from Biomass

FIT & EC Fast Ion Transfer & Electron Conductivity from Biomass

Some new lab equipment arrived that will allow us to start on other experimental research. We received tube ends for our quartz furnace and water cooled tube ends for our graphite furnace. A maximum temperature of 2500 C will be achieved by using induction heating and is the limit of our pyrometer… Under the right conditions we will be well within the graphitization range. Although what is interesting is that preliminary experiments have shown that it is possible to form Vertical Aligned Graphene Nano Arrays (VAGNAs) at lower temperatures. It is exciting to discover a great material that is quite easily made from biomass.