Graphene is the perfect combination of strength, lightness, flexibility, and transparency, and is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. Gerdau Graphene boosts the application of these incredible physical properties into high-quality, high-performance products, with significant competitive gains in various sectors.
As part of a century-old industrial tradition, we were born solid and strong. We are also agile and connected to advanced graphene research centers and technologies in Brazil and around the world. Plastics that are even more sustainable, pliable rubber, high-performance lubricants, and extra efficient paints and cements. Throughout numerous possibilities for innovation, Gerdau Graphene wants to accelerate the use of graphene and contribute to the evolution of its global industrial market. In addition to local and international strategic partners, our company has an extraordinary team of specialists in Brazil and England—all committed to the beginning of a new age.
A raw material for the 21st century. Graphene is an ultra-strong, lightweight, flexible, and superconductive two-dimensional nanomaterial formed by carbon atoms in a hexagonal structure. With one less physical dimension it brings about an additional visionary dimension. In 2004, scientists Konstantin Novoselov and Andre Geim from the University of Manchester in England decided to test graphene's potential as a transistor by making it thinner and thinner without losing its outstanding properties. This discovery earned them the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010, and since then the material has been one of the most coveted by global industry.
Disruptive ideas and solutions gain exponential momentum when conceived together with the greatest references in the field. This is why Gerdau Graphene has a Research and Development team at the heart of graphene—the Graphene Engineering Innovation Center (GEIC). The facility opened in 2018 in Manchester, England, a city that is known as the land of graphene and an ongoing source of innovation since the industrial revolution. Immersed in the knowledge produced by the GEIC, our researchers test prototypes much more quickly and safely, increasing the competitive advantage of the business.