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National Physical Laboratory and Haydale collaborate on enhanced functionalisation process

17 June 2019

Haydale, (AIM: HAYD), the global advanced materials group, has commenced a 12 month Innovate UK project, under the Analysis for Innovators (A4i) scheme, for further investigation of its enhanced functionalisation processes with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).

In 2014, NPL verified that Haydale's global patented functionalisation process was increasing the quantity of functional groups present on graphitic material. Since then, Haydale has significantly optimised its HDPlas® plasma technology and has substantially increased the surface chemistry present. This gives Haydale the potential to offer a competitive product to graphene oxide that is environmentally friendly and cost competitive as well as an enhanced dispersion capability.

Haydale's technology has shown that it can change the surface characteristics of graphene through its plasma process and vary the level of functionalisation. Through working with NPL, it will now gain a further understanding of the surface chemistry of the graphene after plasma functionalisation. This will allow an accurate tailoring of plasma functionalisation parameters to vary the concentration of functional groups, and therefore further enhance the benefits of the functionalised nanomaterial in Haydale's key market applications of inks, elastomers, coatings and composites. This will lead to added reliability for customers, improved material data and, fundamentally, improved time to market

Keith Broadbent, Haydale CEO, said: "This world-class research and analysis is imperative for the development and understanding of our functionalisation process. Customers will directly benefit from the results as they work with certified materials."

David Banks, Haydale Chairman, said: "This grant offers access to expert knowledge and world-class analytical facilities to allow Haydale to continue with its focused product development & certification. We look forward to working with NPL and further developing our functionalisation process."

Andrew Pollard, NPL Science Area Leader, said: "Understanding the fundamental material properties of graphene after industrial processing steps, is crucial in determining the performance-enhancement in real-world products. We look forward to collaborating with Haydale on their graphene functionalisation process."


For further information:

Haydale Graphene Industries plc
Keith Broadbent, Haydale CEO Tel: +44 (0) 1269 842 946
Gemma Smith, Global Head of Marketing
Arden Partners plc (Nominated Adviser & Broker)
Ruari McGirr / Paul Shackleton / Ben Cryer
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7614 5900


Notes to Editors

About Haydale:

Haydale is a global technologies and materials group that facilitates the integration of graphene and other nanomaterials into the next generation of commercial technologies and industrial materials.  With expertise in graphene, silicon carbide and other nanomaterials, Haydale is able to deliver improvements in electrical, thermal and mechanical properties, as well as toughness.  Haydale has granted patents for its technologies in Europe, USA, Australia, Japan and China and operates from six sites in the UK, USA and the Far East.

For more information please visit: 

Twitter: @haydalegraphene


About NPL:

NPL is the UK's National Measurement Institute, providing the measurement capability that underpins the UK's prosperity and quality of life.

From new antibiotics to tackle resistance and more effective cancer treatments, to unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G, technological advances must be built on a foundation of reliable measurement to succeed. Building on over a century's worth of expertise, our science, engineering and technology provides this foundation. We save lives, protect the environment and enable citizens to feel safe and secure, as well as support international trade and commercial innovation. As a national laboratory, our advice is always impartial and independent, meaning consumers, investors, policymakers and entrepreneurs can always rely on the work we do.

Based in Teddington, south-west London, NPL employs over 500 scientists and is home to 388 of the world's most extensive and sophisticated laboratories. NPL also has regional bases across the UK, including at the University of Surrey, the University of Strathclyde, the University of Cambridge and the University of Huddersfield's 3M Buckley Innovation Centre.

For more information please visit:

Twitter: @NPL