Haydale, the global advanced materials group, is pleased to announce that one if its plasma functionalisation reactors is now operational, having been fully installed and commissioned onsite at the GEIC, based at The University of Manchester.

Haydale’s patented HDPlas® reactor is a rapid and cost-effective method for the treatment and surface functionalisation of advanced nanomaterials – such as graphene and other carbon-based materials. The reactor offers a high level of control and flexibility with a tailored level of surface chemistry to enhance dispersion. The HDPlas® system is a dry, low temperature plasma process in a near vacuum which offers a repeatable, effective method of achieving surface functionalisation, to enable homogeneous dispersion and consistent results suitable for commercial applications.

As a Tier One member of the GEIC, Haydale gains access to the materials knowledge, applications engineers and both analytical and processing equipment within the GEIC. This gives Haydale, through the GEIC’s world-renowned development facilities, a quicker route to market and access to a greater reach of customers.

Keith Broadbent, CEO at Haydale, commented:The installation of the HT60 reactor at the GEIC is a significant step for the commercialisation of graphene. We look forward to working with the team at the GEIC to ensure that graphene is quickly adopted by global customers across a multiple of industries.”

James Baker, CEO at Graphene@Manchester, commented:I am delighted to further strengthen our innovative partnership with Haydale, with the commissioning of the reactor in the GEIC, which will provide both additional capability and further support the acceleration of products and applications into the marketplace.