Versarien heads Stateside to join Graphene Industry Council

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Versarien plc the advanced materials engineering group headquartered in Cheltenham, has been appointed as the inaugural Industry Council member and Corporate Partner of The National Graphene Association (NGA), the main organisation and body in the US advocating and promoting the commercialisation of graphene.

The NGA Industry Council will be a select number of prominent graphene companies leading NGA committees on policy, standards and business development. Industry Council members possess a long-term view that the success of the graphene industry in the US requires sound, strategic direction from companies engaged in the market.  Council members work directly with the NGA and international organizations to advance the commercialisation of graphene and provide guidance in the development of standard and best practices for graphene. Council members will also advise the NGA on public policy and assist in developing strategic initiatives. 

Dr. Zina Jarrahi Cinker, Executive Director of the NGA, commented: “The graphene sector needs an active industry council that will take leadership, pave the path and guide the industry forward.  With Versarien’s success and prominence in the field, Versarien is the ideal member to join the Industry Council.”

Neill Ricketts, CEO of Versarien, is on the advisory board of the NGA. He said: “I am delighted that Versarien has become the inaugural member of the NGA’s Industry Council. The NGA is at the forefront of promoting the commercialisation of graphene and we look forward to working closely with the NGA and its other members.”

Since its discovery in 2004, graphene, the 2D form of carbon, has shown enormous versatility and potential to fuel technological advancement in many industry segments. Among these are energy storage, electronics, smart textiles, sensors, medical devices, bio interfaces, water purification, structural materials, composites and many more. Graphene will eventually find its way into almost every field and will affect many facets of human life. There is significant growth potential in industries that have yet to consider the use of graphene and to which graphene could bring transformative, unique solutions and add significant value.

By convening the current and future stakeholders in the graphene market — graphene entrepreneurs, companies, suppliers, developers, investors, venture capitalists and government agencies, NGA aims not only to accelerate the commercialization of graphene, but to also create cross-industry momentum and help identify untapped industry and market segments prime for graphene integration