Messe Brasil, organizer of Interplast, has just established a partnership with Zextec Nano, a division of Zextec, specialized in improving industrial processes, focusing on the development of nano solutions based on graphene, which allows the production of plastics that are more resistant than steel. .
At the fair, graphene technology for polymers will be presented, which gives better thermal and mechanical properties to plastic parts. The use of graphene also allows improvements in the molding process of the material itself, reducing production cycles in injection processes. Applications can be made in thermoplastics, thermosets and elastomers.
In composites, which already have the function of replacing other materials in terms of mechanical strength gains and weight reduction, the use of graphene further enhances these properties. Applications are made in composites for prototyping and special resins.
For application in packaging, the great advantage of graphene is its bactericidal property. Using graphene packaging for perishable products increases storage time and reduces production costs.
In addition to the stand at the fair, the partnership made it possible to hold a Seminar, on April 6, on the technological production of graphene, how it came about, application in the market, how to make investment projects in the plastics industry viable, and a panel with companies that use the technology.
Graphene has been considered a material with 1001 uses and one of the elements that will revolutionize the technological industry due to its strength, lightness, transparency and flexibility, in addition to being an excellent conduit for electricity.In practice, graphene is the strongest (200 times stronger than steel), lighter and thinnest material that exists (thickness of one atom). To give you an idea, 3 million layers of graphene stacked up to a height of 1 millimeter. In addition, it can be dipped in liquid without rusting or damaging the composition, and it is extremely cheap to produce.
Zextec Nano is the result of a partnership between the company Zextec, the University of Caxias do Sul, UCSGRAPHENE and Tecnoucs. The biggest challenge for companies and developers that bet on the technology is to make the production of the material commercially viable and on a large scale – most tests are carried out today in laboratories. This scenario should change with the arrival of new procedures, which try to make graphene fabrication feasible for the masses. Several international studies and, within Brazil, have shown to be promising for the advancement of the graphene era.