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The Graphene Opportunity Report

  • ID: 2619017
  • Report
  • Region: Global
  • 140 Pages
  • Cientifica Ltd
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A decade ago when the first edition of the Nanotechnology Opportunity Report was published, there were predictions of untold riches for early investors, the replacement of all manufacturing as we know it, and the mythical trillion-dollar market.

The author went against the grain by predicting that it would be hard for anyone to make money from nanomaterials, and that the real value would be in the applications. This has been borne out by the failure of even large global companies such as Mitsubishi Chemical and Bayer to make much headway with fullerenes and carbon nanotubes, and the failure of countless smaller nanomaterials producers.

On the other hand companies making use of nanomaterials, Germany's Magforce Technologies and the US based BIND Therapeutics have shown what can be achieved when nanomaterials are applied to large addressable markets, in this case drug delivery.

Is Graphene The New Nanotech?

A similar amount of hype currently surrounds graphene, with wild predictions of applications ranging from microelectronics to water treatment. This report examines these claims and taking the rational approach for which the author is known, considers how valid these are and evaluates the chances of success.

The author also looks in detail at the graphene producers. Graphene comes in a wide range of forms, each with its own particular set of addressable applications. No one producer covers all applications and many are destined to be niche players. As with nanomaterials, many companies currently producing graphene are destined to burn brightly and then be unceremoniously snuffed out when scale up or access to applications fails to materialise.

As with all of these reports, the author looks beyond the hype and takes a rational and dispassionate look at the entire graphene value chain, from graphite to THz electronics. There will be long-term winners, and the author indicates what strategies are required to join this small elite band, and provides a wealth of lessons from previous experience in nanotechnologies and life sciences.

Most importantly, the author looks beyond the narrow graphene or nanotechnology worlds and assesses graphene's chances of success in competing with a wide range of other technologies, many of which have not been considered by those concentrating solely on graphene.
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A Brief History of Carbon Nanomaterials

Can Graphene Succeed Where Fullerenes Failed?
- Fullerenes
- Carbon Nanotubes

Types of Graphene
- Derived Graphenes
- Synthetic Graphenes

Large-Scale Production

Applications of Graphene

The Graphene Opportunity
- Graphene Production
- Graphene Applications

Advanced Materials
- Key Applications
- SWOT Analysis Table for Advanced Materials
- Paints & Coatings
- Anti-corrosion
- Barrier Films
- EMI Shielding
- Opportunities for Paints & Coatings
- Membranes

Structural Composites

- Opportunities in Structural Composites

Key Applications

- Transistors

SWOT Analysis Table for Transistors
-- Digital Transistors
-- RF Transistors
-- Large Area Transistors
-- Opportunities in Transistors
-- Market Estimates

- Flexible Electronics
-- SWOT Analysis Table for Flexible Electronics
-- ITO Replacement for Transparent Conductors

--- Market Estimates

-- Conductive Inks

--- Market Estimates

-- Opportunities in Flexible Electronics

- Electronic Components

-- SWOT Analysis Table for Electronic Components
-- Market Estimates
-- Opportunities in Electronic Components

Photonics & Optoelectronics

- Key Applications

- SWOT Analysis Table for Photonic and Sensors


-- Opportunities in Photodetectors
-- Market Estimates

Optical Modulators

-- Opportunities in Optical Modulators

-- Market Estimates

Mode-locked Laser

-- Opportunities for Mode-locked Lasers

-- Market Estimates

Optical Polarization Controllers

-- Opportunities for Optical Polarization Controllers

-- Market Estimates
Biomedical Applications

- Key Applications

- SWOT Analysis Table for Biomedical Applications

Drug Delivery

-- Opportunities in Drug Delivery

-- Market Estimates

Gene Therapy

-- Opportunities in Gene Therapy

-- Market Estimates

Tissue Engineering

-- Opportunities in Tissue Engineering

-- Market Estimates

Biosensing & Imaging

-- Biosensing

-- Opportunities in Biosensing

-- Market Estimates


-- Opportunities in Bioimaging

-- Market Estimates
Power Storage & Generation

- Key Applications

- SWOT Analysis Table for Energy Storage

Lithium-ion Batteries

Lithium-metal Batteries


Opportunities in Energy Storage

Market Estimates

-- Li-ion batteries

-- Li-metal batteries

-- Supercapacitors

- SWOT Analysis Table for Energy Generation

Fuel Cells


Opportunities in Energy Generation

Market Estimates

-- Fuel Cells

-- Photovoltaics

- Key Applications

- SWOT Analysis Table for Sensors

Chemical Sensors

-- Gas Sensors

-- Electrochemical Sensors

-- Opportunities in Chemical Sensors

--- Gas Sensors

--- Electrochemical Sensors

--Market Estimates

Photoelectric Sensors

-- Opportunities in Photoelectric Sensors

-- Market Estimates

Magnetic Field Sensors

-- Opportunities in Magnetic Field Sensors

-- Market Estimates

Mechanical Sensors

Mass Sensors
-- Strain Sensors
-- Opportunities in Mechanical Sensors
-- Market Estimates
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New report takes a rational view of graphene and identifies key opportunities

The Graphene Opportunity Report looks at the impact of graphene across key markets such as advanced materials, composites, microelectronics, displays, photonics, energy generation and storage, sensors and biomedical technologies.

The report predicts that by 2018 advanced materials and energy generation have the potential to make up two thirds of the graphene market, with composites and coatings making up the bulk of applications. However many of the more widely discussed applications will have little impact this decade.

Applications discussed in the report include super capacitors, Li-ion batteries, electronics, semiconductors, displays, cell phones, indium tin oxide, ITO, photonics, polarizers, anti corrosion, structural composites, sensors, transparent conductive membranes, organic solar cells, RFID, barrier coatings, and fuel cells.

Key Graphene Opportunity Report Findings include:
- A number of oft quoted potential applications of graphene face stiff competition from other more advanced technologies;
- By 2018 over 50 companies will be producing graphene and fighting for a market worth less than $100 million;
- The 2018 market for first order applications will be approaching a billion dollars

“Graphene won't start to change the world for another decade, but in the meantime their are plenty of opportunities but you need to be producing the right types of graphene” explained Cientifica CEO Tim Harper, “and you need to climb the value chain fast.”

Co-author Dexter Johnson, who also edits IEEE's nanotechnology blog, added “Any new technology as important as graphene is always shrouded in hype. The objective is to take a realistic view based on the experience of other nanomaterials.
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