Graphene Standards Accelerate Innovation and Commercialization

Graphene Standards Accelerate Innovation and Commercialization

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry.

Mike Leibowitz, Program Manager, NEMA, and secretary of the U.S. National Committee Technical Advisory Group to IEC TC 113

Scientific showing a piece of graphene with hexagonal molecule.

Graphene, a single layer of carbon one atom thick, has emerged as a value-added material enhancing the performance of next-generation products, including photovoltaic cells, energy storage, touch screens, and supercapacitors. The availability and use of standards for characterization, performance, and reliability are essential to the facilitation of mass graphene production.

Suppliers that claim compliance with international standards will gain credibility with customers by assuring them that graphene will do what the supplier claims it will do, reliably and for a long time.

International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee (TC) 113, Nanotechnology standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems, is the lead organization for developing these standards. IEC TC 113 Working Group 8 (Graphene and related 2D materials) met in May at the University of Massachusetts–Lowell to continue its work in developing documentary graphene standards. By the end of 2016, the TC 113 work program will potentially include 20 projects concerning graphene, some of which include joint projects with International Organization for Standardization TC 229, Nanotechnologies.

One of these standards will benefit the manufacturing environment in particular. IEC 62565-3-1, Graphene—Blank detail specification for graphene for electrotechnical applications, will not contain requirements but will provide a standard, blank template containing all known properties of graphene, which vendors and customers will use as a common language for checking off and specifying the performance values for all properties that a specific batch requires. Using blank detail specifications as a base, detail specifications with actual performance requirements for particular types of graphene can be easily constructed. Two new projects for detail specifications for single-layer graphene and bilayer graphene will be introduced.

The U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to IEC TC 113 is the vehicle by which U.S. manufacturers of nano-enabled electrotechnical products create a favorable international business model for their companies to drive mass production and the commercial landscape. U.S.-based graphene stakeholders are encouraged to join the TAG and lead in the development of TC 113 standards for graphene to accelerate this still new and emerging technology. Visit www.tc113tag.us for more information.

Read the August 2016 issue of electroindustry

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