Graphene is the strongest material ever tested and was later rediscovered and characterised in 2004 by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov at the University of Manchester who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010 “for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene. Labs around the world began studies applying Graphene to biotechnology and a decade later, UK-based company Graphenstone has annouced the world’s first commercially available graphene paint in 2017. With a natural and organic mineral coating, it’s claimed to be the most eco-friendly paint specially suitable for sustainable modern home and architecture development.
Advantages of Graphene Paint
Organic & Anti bacterial
Graphene is made from natural lime, the porous nature of the coatings ensures that walls can still breathe, improving air quality, and preventing moisture collection and condensation. The high alkaline pH of lime as well as its ventilating properties prevents the growth of microorganisms, bacteria and fungi.
High Utility & Efficiency
It reduces the weight of materials, while being 200 times stronger than steel. Also, using graphene can increase the coverage of the paint which reduces the no. of paint and labour
Owning to its conductive nature, it improves the thermal regulation of buildings, saving energy by requiring less heating and air conditioning
Considering the above unique qualities, Graphene paint is ideal for rehabilitation or restoration of heritage and sustainable restoration of historic or vernacular buildings to ensure bio habitability, as well as breathability, antistatic behaviour. In 2015, Graphenstone won the “Innovation and sustainability” award at the Beyond Building Barcelona – Construmat Fair from Fira de Barcelona. Apart from European counters, other projects in Asia e.g The Jinan Sixth People’s Hospital in Jinan, China, Children School in Korea are using Graphenstone premium products and hopefully will be widely supported in more countries with the big trend of sustainable design and construction.
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