Q: I have some commercial application questions in the field of geosynthetics. We manufacture graphene powders in the most sustainable way, and it allows us to supply graphene to manufacturers much more economically. As you may have heard, graphene has wonderful material properties atomically to offer, and I am looking for opportunities to leverage its performance in thermoplastics and thermosets. Have you worked with graphene and does it sound interesting?
A: You should review Peggs (2019). He describes the continued, steady development and improvement of all geosynthetics with an emphasis on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembranes. Peggs discusses adding graphene to the master batch, which results in better electrical conductivity and mechanical performance of many geosynthetics. He also points out that graphene is friendlier to the environment than carbon black. The technology looks promising for the entire geosynthetic industry.
Peggs, I. D. (2019). “Graphene and the next generation of geosynthetics.” geosynthetica.com/graphene-and-the-next-generation-of-geosynthetics. April 3.