Graphene powder producer Zenyatta has formed a collaboration program with US-based Alliance Rubber Company and the University of Sussex in the UK to develop rubber products using graphene converted from the company’s graphite.

According to Zenyatta, graphene can improve the mechanical, thermal and electrical properties of a vast range of composite materials. It can be added to rubber to make it lighter, stronger and conductive. 

Alliance is funding the research at the University to make the rubber sensor products aimed at holding credit and debit cards to prevent hacking of information stored on the chip. The research will also focus on a rubber sensor product attached to food produce that changes color when the produce item reaches a set temperature or after a certain amount of time passes since harvest.

‘Alliance has a long history of innovation and it is vital for us to play an active role in leading edge rubber technology that uses a disruptive nanomaterial like graphene,’ said Jason Risner, director of business strategy at Alliance.

Zenyatta will also be working with a team of scientists at the University to develop motion sensors, emulsions, energy storage devices and products for the automotive industry.

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