Graphene functionalization specialist Haydale (Ammanford, Carmarthemshire, U.K.) reported on July 21 that it has signed a non-exclusive distribution agreement with Goodfellow (Coraopolis, Pa., USA), a supplier and marketer of metals and materials for industry and research.
The agreement will focus on the global marketing and distribution of Haydale’s functionalized graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs), which are designed to enhance product performance when compared to non-functionalized materials; they are suitable for numerous applications including resins, epoxies and polymer composites.
Goodfellow’s offices in the U.K., USA, France, Germany and China, along with its network of global distributors, will be able to promote Haydale's product to hundreds of thousands of researchers around the world. Goodfellow also offers a team of materials experts and a knowledge base built up over years of experience dealing with the research community.
The non-exclusive agreement with Goodfellow marks Haydale’s intent to increase its presence across the global R&D market, and will see the HDPlas range of functionalized GNPs made available to R&D customers. Goodfellow will initially offer HDPlas O2 oxygen-functionalized GNPs as a trial pack containing 2g each of material with low, medium and high levels of functionalisation. The offer will expand within the coming months to include further products from Haydale’s HDPlas range.
Ray Gibbs, CEO at Haydale, says: “This agreement with Goodfellow is integral to the distribution of our functionalized GNPs across the global R&D market. Goodfellow’s extensive customer base will be instrumental in achieving greater access and visibility for our HDPlas range, giving more R&D customers worldwide the opportunity to test and analyze our plasma-functionalised material for integration into their products and applications. The endorsement of being included among their suppliers is a great step forward for us, and we are delighted that Goodfellow has agreed to list our GNP product.”
Stephen Aldersley, managing director of Goodfellow, believes that the new relationship with Haydale is an important expansion of Goodfellow’s activities in the field of nanoparticles in general and graphene in particular. “The Haydale product can demonstrate significant advantages over other functionalization methods, and we are pleased to be promoting their products to our global customer base in this very important research area."
The Haydale plasma functionalization process has the potential to offer tailored surface modification of graphene nanomaterials while maintaining structural integrity, reportedly eliminating a key barrier to the commercialization of graphene.