THE BOURSE WHISPERER: Talga Resources (ASX: TLG) has begun a second advanced research program with German graphene application specialists.
The latest program follows the announcement in December of a conductive graphene ink program to be carried out with University Jena.
The new work is to comprise a joint graphene test program with Germany’s Dresden University of Technology and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research.
Talga explained the 12 month program will test and demonstrate the company’s low cost bulk graphene product for supercapacitor and other battery related applications.
Professor Xinliang Feng from Dresden University will head up the joint work program alongside materials scientist, Professor Klaus Müllen at Max Planck.
Precursor material to feed the graphene program will be sourced from Talga’s wholly-owned Vittangi project, located in Sweden.
According to Talga, as part of the diligence required for work program commencement, Dresden University has already replicated the company’s graphene liberation process using Vittangi unprocessed ore as feedstock.
The company went on to say these results closely mirrored those achieved by Talga in its own laboratory based test programs.
Talga boasted that its low-cost one-step liberation of graphene from raw ore has now been successfully replicated by four organisations in two different countries.
“We are thrilled to be working with these parties who are preeminent minds in the field of graphene research,” Talga Resources managing director Mark Thompson said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
“The willingness to work jointly with Talga provides further validation around the way we propose to remove the volume and price hurdles that have been limiting global commercialisation of graphene.
“The new program is designed to both accelerate our processing power while at the same time revealing new applications in mobile energy materials.
“This program with Dresden University and Max Planck follows from Talga’s graphene conductive ink research in Jena (central Germany) and Talga’s sale of test-based graphene output to German 3D printing group, Microdrop Technologies GMBH.
“Germany is strategically placed proximate to Talga’s mineral assets, world class research capabilities and potential end users.
“The aim is to have a complete ore-to-product pathway developing to demonstrate our graphene potential to the economic heart of Europe.”