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Iceni Labs signs graphene technology MoU with 2D Materials

Updated: Feb 17

Iceni Labs is currently working on two cutting-edge, Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)-funded programmes that aim to exploit the properties of graphene for the defence market.

LONDON, UK, 6 September, 2021: Iceni Labs has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Singapore’s 2D Materials (2DM) that will see the companies combine their respective expertise to develop and market high-technology graphene-based products for the defence, automotive and aerospace markets in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

2DM manufactures high-performance graphene as an industrial additive to enhance the properties of many industrial materials. Graphene is one atom thick layer of pure carbon in hexagonal arrangement which is one million times thinner than paper, 300 times stronger than steel and 97 percent transparent. In addition to being the strongest material ever measured, graphene offers extremely high best performances in toughness, weight, light transmittance and electrical conductivity.

The MoU will explore the potential to use 2DM’s graphene as an industrial additive to enhance the properties of Iceni Labs-developed industrial products including microphones, weapons optics devices and coatings.

Iceni Labs is currently working on two cutting-edge, Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)-funded programmes that aim to exploit the properties of graphene for the defence market. Under the first programme the company is developing the world’s smallest and most sensitive graphene microphones; under the second, the capabilities of graphene are being used to develop a game-changing day/night weapon sight that enables the sight to switch between day and thermal modes at the press of a button, with the form and function of current combat optical gunsights.

Alex Giles, Chief Commercial Officer, Iceni Labs, said: “Graphene is widely considered as one of the most promising materials discovered in the past decade, with superior mechanical properties, thermal and electrical conductivity – all of which makes graphene an excellent match for improving a range of applications for the defence, automotive and aerospace markets.

“We are extremely pleased to team with 2DM, a world-leader in this technology, to explore how we can advance our work bringing cutting-edge products to these markets.”

Dr Ricardo Oliveira, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, 2D Materials, said: “2DM has been achieving significant progress with our trials and commercial applications, we have obtained consistency in increased performance and mechanical properties that reflects what true Graphene is. We are confident that the development in Graphene Applications would be accelerated and optimized further with Iceni expertise in defence, automotive and aerospace industries.”

The MoU began in August 2021, with an initial period of 12 months.




Image: Graphene is one atom thick layer of pure carbon in hexagonal arrangement which is one million times thinner than paper, 300 times stronger than steel and 97 percent transparent. (2DM image).


About Iceni Labs: Founded in 2013, Iceni Labs is committed to developing and deploying cutting-edge technologies and science to build a safer and more secure tomorrow. Within defence, we work to develop technology that enables personnel to identify individuals through opaque structures without the requirement to physically enter in person or with surveillance equipment. The common thread of our technologies is how they reflect our commitment to developing science and technologies for greater human security. From our facilities in London, Dundee and Southam we operate globally to deliver Mission Critical Science for a safer tomorrow. For more info visit https://www.icenilabs.com/

Media contact: For more information contact Claire Apthorp +44 (0) 7920403068 / claire@thatwordbird.com

About 2D Materials: 2D Materials Pte Ltd (2DM) manufactures high performance graphene as an industrial additive to enhance the properties of many industrial materials such as paints & coatings, batteries, composites, polymers and lubricants. The company’s mission is to expand the frontier of materials application through the use of high-performance graphene. 2DM’s core technology is a proprietary graphene production process developed at the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials at National University of Singapore, the first dedicated Centre towards graphene research in Asia, which was established under the leadership of Prof. Antonio Castro Neto and the scientific advice of Nobel Laureate in Physics for graphene, Sir Konstantin Novoselov.

2DM's main goal is to apply graphene as an additive to improve various material properties for markets such as automotive, electric vehicles, aeronautics, marine, energy storage, defence, construction, electronics, among others.

Media contact: For more information contact Chan Wai Loong +65 9456 6725 / Wailoong.chan@2dmsolutions.com


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