Coating Industries

Sparc technologies graphene enhanced coatings have the potential to enhance billion dollar markets

Graphene and Coatings1

  • Graphene as a performance additive in marine, aerospace and industrial applications of coatings
  • Graphene’s unique features provide added benefit to coatings;
  • Unique anti-corrosion qualities
  • Improved drag efficiency
  • Anti-microbial benefits
  • Superior hydrophobic qualities
  • Chemical repulsion
  • Exceptional UV protection
  • Fire-resistance
  • Improved electrical and thermal conductivity
  • Anti-microbial benefits
  • SPN has exclusive access to patented technology to enable targeting of the above markets globally

Andrew Smith

Technical Manager – Coatings

Andrew is a development chemist specialising in Heavy Duty Coatings, specifically, the development and testing of anti-corrosive coatings. Andrew has held senior regional technical management roles for AkzoNobel (world leader in coatings with brands including International, Chartek, Sikkens, Awlgrip, Devoe), in Australia, Asia and the Americas.

These roles involved responsibility for product development, testing and integrity, as well as Technical Support functions. Andrew most recently has been involved in implementing major restructuring initiatives for AkzoNobel, including rationalisation of manufacturing capability in the South Asia region.

Coating Industries – SPARC Product Performance

  • SPARC Graphene enhanced coating performs with a 73% improvement* on industry standard coatings
  • SPARC Graphene enhanced coating showed complete destruction of the E-Coli bacteria when compared to the same coating type containing no graphene
SPARC enhanced coating has demonstrated the potential to improve the performance of a low cost commodity product with the addition of a Graphene based additive
SPARC enhanced coatings have potential applications in areas for the control of bacterial growth on surfaces such as; hospitals, public areas, food preparation facilities, drinking water systems, antifouling for shipping and coating for wastewater systems

Water Purification and Soil Remediation

Proven application of water and soil remediation to be utilised at environmentally contaminated sites

Pollution Remediation

Progress
  • The potential applications of graphene in pollution remediation are adsorption, membrane separation, catalysis and environmental analysis
  • The adsorption efficiency of graphene adsorbents largely depends on its surface area, porous structure, oxygen-containing groups and other functional groups, adsorption conditions, and also the properties of adsorbates1
  • SPN has identified potential applications of water purification and soil remediation
  • Australia alone has an estimated 160,000 contaminated sites with as many as 75,000 different contaminants2

Global Patent Pending

PCT/AU2016/05041– Water Purification and Soil Remediation– water purification, oil removal from water, soil remediation

1Research Gate, Yang et al.
2Sector Study on Environmental Services: Environmental Damage Remediation Services, Oct 2017

  • SPN has demonstrated its graphene remedy is substantially more effective than the industry standard and is undergoing active development to prove the commercial application for:
  • Containment of PFAS using graphene
  • Destruction of PFAS using graphene is potentially transformational

Absorption rates of various forms of PFAS with Sparc graphene product versus Granulated Activated Carbon

Metals in Tailings

Estimated US$1 trillion worth of precious metals sitting in mine tailings1

Graphene and Soil Remediation

Market Size
  • Sparc graphene based adsorbent testing demonstrates significant outperformance of commercially available adsorbents for gold (Au) and silver (Ag)
  • Best Sparc results highlight 96.98% and 97.82% adsorption of gold and silver from solution into graphene based adsorbents
  • Further test work underway including plans to include trials from gold and silver tailings from mine sites
  • Estimates that there is approximately US$1T worth of precious metals already extracted from the ground, sitting at old mining sites globally1
  • Opportunity to work with local mining industry
  • Initial Focus on Precious and Base Metals
  • Exploring potential for recovery of green energy metals