Green Carbon Technologies
Using Waste Wood Products to Create Green Graphene
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Our Blue Planet (OBP) is pleased to announce a special research project in conjunction with the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) campus for the development of NanoTerraTech Graphene.
*Former Working Title: “BDV” Biomass Derived VAGNA (Vertically Aligned Graphene Nano Arrays)
NanoTerraTech Graphene is 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 NanoTerraTech Graphene 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.
This project is in collaboration with the University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus
Engineering Students Project
The UBCO Engineering Team
Dr. Lukas Bichler is the supervising Professor of the special research project – NanoTerraTech Graphene.
Dr. Bichler received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering (specializing in Manufacturing, Materials and Solid Mechanics) from Ryerson University, Toronto. Upon graduation, he received NSERC-Postdoctoral fellowship, tenured at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto
Somi Doja – Graduate Research Assistant (2018 – Current)
Somi is a graduate research assistant pursuing her PhD degree in mechanical engineering at UBCO. Her expertise lies in the field of producing carbon by recycling waste materials, thereby promoting green environment. She has worked with international collaborators on developing novel carbon materials for a variety of applications like batteries, filters etc. She is looking forward to working with Our Blue Planet on BDV to create a sustainable battery material that is an alternative to fossil fuels.
Darren Evan Widjaja – Research Assistant (2021)
Darren Widjaja is a third-year mechanical-mechatronics engineering student at the University of British Columbia Okanagan with a particular interest in material engineering and robotics. In the near future, he hopes to continue his education into a Master’s Degree. He is very passionate about sustainability and is excited to be working with Our Blue Planet to develop a sustainable way to extract graphene.
Daryus Ahmed – Research Assistant (2021)
Daryus Ahmed is a third-year mechanical engineering / mechatronics student currently attending UBCO. His interests lie in the fields of material science, manufacturing, and sustainability . So far in his studies, he has worked as a supply chain engineer at PepsiCo, an undergraduate research awardee for Autonomous Vehicles and as a Teaching Assistant for Sustainability. Daryus chose engineering as it allows him to push the boundaries of research and technology further. He is super excited to work closely with Our Blue Planet on the NanoTerraTech Project as the prospects of Graphene pave the way for an exciting future for everyone. He hopes to leverage his past experiences in order to produce some great results.
Alexee Gatzke – Research Assistant (2020)
Alexee Gatzke is a third-year mechanical engineering student at UBCO. Her studies so far are focused on materials engineering, specifically in graphene. She hopes to continue her studies into her Master’s degree post-graduation. Alexee has a passion for leadership in her community and introducing more students to engineering. She is thrilled to be working with Our Blue Planet where she feels she can have a positive influence on the future of our world.
Madisyn Szypula – Research Assistant (2020)
Madisyn Szypula is a second-year mechanical engineering student currently attending UBCO. Her interests lie in the fields of material science and sustainability. So far in her studies, she has worked as an engineering outreach leader teaching the importance of STEM subjects to future scientists and engineers around BC.
Madisyn chose to become an engineer because it is a profession where she can help make the world a better place. She is excited to work with Our Blue Planet on the BVD project because it involves the areas she wants to focus on in her future career: the environment and the implementation of sustainable practices.