Executive Interview: Garmor

This month we interviewed Sean Christiansen, Co-founder and Vice President of Engineering of Garmor. Garmor has developed a simple yet effective method of producing edge-functionalized graphene oxide. This proprietary achievement eliminates costly hazardous waste disposal and delivers a product suitable for large scale production at commodity-type prices.

Q.  Can you explain in layman’s terms what Garmor does?

A.  Garmor manufactures graphene to meet the needs of global customers that demand high-quality and low prices. Whereas traditional methods have relied upon caustic chemicals to produce graphene, Garmor relies upon proven, scalable methods in milling technology to manufacture graphene, yielding only water as a by-product. These proprietary achievements eliminate hazardous waste disposal costs and deliver a product suitable for large-scale production at commodity-type prices.

Q.  How do you see graphene changing or affecting our lives?

A.  Graphene has a wide range of applications thanks in part to the various mechanical and electrical properties of the material itself. By adding a small amount of graphene to plastics, ceramics or metals, resulting composites have increased mechanical strength and improved electrical properties. Such advancements could facilitate the development of lighter cars with improved fuel efficiency as well as produce electronics that are thinner, faster and cheaper than anything based on silicon potentially making cell-phones as thin as a piece of paper. Perhaps one of the most impressive opportunities for graphene is its use in integrated circuits where it may eventually replace silicon in the chipsets used in computers.

Q.  What is your target market?

A.  Garmor manufactures flake graphene which is an ideal additive for dramatically enhancing a material’s strength, conductivity, or corrosion resistance. Garmor’s low-priced graphene is an ideal candidate for improving price sensitive products such as polymers and plastics but also ideal for increasing the strength of epoxies and composites like fiberglass. Garmor has also demonstrated that very small amounts of graphene can enhance the electrical conductivity of polymers and inks at very low loadings.

Q.  What if any, are your plans for raising capital over the next 12 months?

A.  Garmor has completed its capital raise that enables us to scale up manufacturing to 300 metric tons of graphene/year. Garmor is open to discussions with additional strategic businesses to establish preferred pricing and customer production position.

Q.  Any additional comments?

A.  Graphene can be a significant competitive discriminator for early adopters. Because market penetration for graphene has been slowed by its historically high cost, many ideal customers have discounted its potential benefits. As a result, Garmor has been working closely with customers to brief them on our new manufacturing methods as well as test and evaluate graphene in various customer applications.


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