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ChemQuest Technology Institute Signs Agreement with Universal Matter

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ChemQuest Technology Institute has signed a three-year joint innovation agreement to support the growth and validation of Universal Matter’s graphene technology based on sustainable feedstocks.

ChemQuest explores the benefits of this technology in paints and coatings applications, identifying the most valuable markets and growth opportunities.
“In this collaboration, Universal Matter will leverage ChemQuest’s 40+ years of industry expertise and technology development experience to validate the performance and value creation benefits of target applications that will ultimately accelerate industry transformation. Aims at a universal problem.
Universal Matter has pioneered high-performance, economical graphene technology based on various carbon materials such as coal, coke, biomass, recycled rubber and plastics. This dramatically reduces the environmental footprint compared to conventional feedstock-based graphene.

“Our team is excited to continue working with this unique and valuable material. Universal Matter’s graphene technology is sustainable thanks to raw materials based on biological and cyclical sources. It is also economical, scalable and extremely high performance, due to its innovative and novel manufacturing process,” said Daniel Murad, CEO of The ChemQuest Group.

Universal Matter uses rapid flash bursts of electrical energy to produce graphene. This process allows carbon to be bonded into few-layer turbostratic graphene, as opposed to AB-stacked (Bernal) graphene, offering significant performance advantages in targeted applications. The flash process is modularized into compact manufacturing units and can be expanded by adding modules of the same configuration. Using this flash process, many different carbon-based feedstocks can be converted into highly pure turbostratic graphene.

Previous collaborations between Universal Matter and ChemQuest have demonstrated the effectiveness of this technology in formulations for specific applications. Proven performance improvements include compressive strength, tensile strength, barrier properties, rheological enhancement, and flow properties.
“In these markets, there is a unique need and significant business opportunity to improve product performance and sustainability by upcycling carbon to ‘green’ graphene. This improves the mechanical properties of these engineered materials and creates stronger, longer-lasting coatings. It also significantly reduces our carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions,” says van Leeuwen.

Expanding on the companies’ past work and cooperation, current initiatives are focused on developing knowledge for a wider range of applications in paints and coatings.

“We look forward to further developing our collaboration with Universal Matter to help develop better, more sustainable formulations,” said Murad. “We recently invested in expanding our R&D facility. Expanding our resources will allow us to independently evaluate and quantify the technology’s benefits in various market applications, identify the most valuable opportunities, and It can facilitate feasibility and market entry.”
ChemQuest Group is a global consulting firm focused on customized business strategy and optimization, technology acceleration and market intelligence. The company’s Technology Institute encompasses a team of application experts and advanced laboratory facilities located in South Boston, Virginia (USA).

As part of ChemQuest’s technology development pillar, the ChemQuest Technology Institute focuses on providing advanced formulation guidance, technology acceleration, raw material validation, and performance testing equipment. These services are utilized by suppliers, manufacturers and users of formulated materials such as coatings, adhesives, sealants and polymers.