Technology

At Haydale we have combined our deep scientific knowledge and technological innovation with engineering know-how to create products that will deliver unprecedented performance.

Innovation underpins everything we do.

We have a growing portfolio of advanced materials technology (MATech™), including graphene PLA, ceramic matrix composites and metal matrix composites for use with additive manufacturing. These materials are helping to enable the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We are positioning ourselves to play a major role in helping to usher in this exciting and promising new era of manufacturing.

HDPLAS® PROCESS

Graphene and many other nano particles do not mix naturally with other materials. To ensure that its superior properties can be blended into our customers’ products, it may need to be ‘functionalised’ – this is where compatible chemical groups are added to the material surface to enable effective dispersion of the graphene.

Our patented HDPLAS® low temperature plasma process offers the most effective method of achieving this nanomaterial functionalisation and harnesses the true potential of graphene to make materials better than ever before.

It is essential to source the right material with the right level of functionalisation for the specific application or product. Markets have often struggled with impure materials or the wrong surface chemistry. We are able to supply the most appropriate feedstock. Our process has been independently verified by the National Physical Laboratory.

Advantages of this process

Our technology provides a rapid and highly cost efficient method of supplying tailored solutions to both raw material suppliers and product manufacturers. Key advantages include:

  • Enhanced surface engineering: the functionalisation process allows us to add specific chemical groups which provides greater dispersion and compatibility between different matrices and nanomaterials. It can also remove non crystalline structures (impurities) from the host material
  • No acid treatment: The process does not utilise chemical acid treatments which often causes damage, can degrade functional performance, structural integrity and mechanical strength of the final product.
  • Relevant and adaptable for all markets: The process can be adopted across a multitude of target markets, such as inks and coatings, polymers and composites, energy, electronics, transport and an endless list of consumer product markets. Each of these require different material specifications, performance and cost targets for specific applications.
  • Advantaged feedstocks: We are able to use many types of ‘graphene’, each defined by a different set of properties depending on its form; average flake size, number of layers and the chemical groups existing on the flake surface.

Partnerships

We continue to engage in partnerships, collaborations and other commercial arrangements with ‘best in class’ companies in our chosen market sectors.

Amiantit

Amiantit Company is one of the world’s largest glass fibre reinforced plastic (GRP) pipe companies. We have a joint development agreement between Haydale and Flowtite Technology AS, the wholly owned GRP pipe technology and R&D Centre of Amiantit Company. The programme is focused on developing the next generation GRP pipe systems for water and sewerage applications. Testing is ongoing.

Huntsman

We collaborate with Huntsman Advanced Materials, a world leading resin company with global sales of over $10 billion, to develop graphene enhanced resins such as Huntsman’s market leader epoxy resin Araldite® in key composite markets, focussing initially on thermal conductivity. This work is the platform for development of a range of new graphene enhanced Araldite® resins which will be targeted at the industrial composites, automotive and aerospace markets.

Graphit Kropfmühl ('GK')

We have a collaboration agreement with GK, now known as AMG Mining and part of AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. We are working on the development of new value-added nanomaterial products using the HDPlas® functionalisation process and GK graphitic feedstock material. As part of the agreement, GK has purchased one R&D reactor (HT60) and one larger capacity reactor (HT200) for use in new R&D and scale up programs. GK is also the ‘industrialisation’ partner for the commercial volumes of graphene enhanced resin materials once Flowtite and Huntsman come on stream. These reactors will form the basis for the processing of commercial volumes of material as part of the Haydale supply chain.

The Centre for Process Innovation

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is a UK based technology innovation centre and the process arm of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Established to support the UK process manufacturing industry, CPI collaborates with universities, SMEs and large corporates to help overcome innovation challenges and develop next generation products and processes. The CPI has purchased a Haydale HT60 plasma reactor for processing graphene and other nanomaterials, used in moving development projects to commercial applications.

National Graphene Institute

The National Graphene Institute (NGI) is the national centre for graphene research in the UK. We are proud to partner with the NGI and it provides us with the opportunity to work in collaboration with world leading academics and hundreds of researchers.

The UK Nanosafety Group

The UK Nanosafety Group brings together key experts in the field of nanotechnology and helps to establish links with others working in this rapidly developing field. A core aim of the Group is to assist research establishments and academia with their legal obligations with regards to occupational health and safety and to provide guidance to support improvements to health and safety systems when working with nanomaterials.

The Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC)

We fund a Professorial Chair within Swansea University’s Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC), one of the world’s leading centres for research and development in printing, inks and coatings. They are undertaking research and development at the forefront of the fundamental chemistry of nanomaterials which is feeding directly into Haydale to form the technical basis of many of our commercial products.

Bridging the gap between academia and the commercial world, this powerful partnership will provide us with a dedicated ink and coating service capability and assist us in the development and commercialisation of inks and coatings into a wide range of applications. Other inks are under development in the Thailand Centre of Excellence and our new facility in Taiwan.