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Vorbeck fibers and fabrics featured in Smart Manufacturing

Smart Manufacturing covers Vorbeck's use of its graphene-based technology in such disparate applications as:

    • Flexible conformal antenna systems for aerospace applications.
    • Communications antennas that can be concealed backpacks used by military members in the field.
    • Wearable sensors and devices, such as those that measure heart rate and temperature through the wearer's shirt.
    • RFID antennas that can be used in defense and commercial logistics operations.
    • Reducing the rolling resistance of tires. 

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Bluewater Defense and Vorbeck Exhibit Advanced Wearable Antennas for Military and Defense at AUSA 2016

Next Generation, Rugged, No-Silhouette Antennas Offer 200% Increased Coverage Using Patented, Graphene-Enhanced Technology

October 4, 2016 

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Washington, DC -- AUSA 2016 -- Bluewater Defense, Inc. and Vorbeck Materials Corp.(AUSA 2016 BOOTH#7617) announce the introduction of next generation, high performance wearable antennas for military, tactical and commercial use in apparel and equipment featuring multiple communication bands including LTE capabilities.

Bluewater and Vorbeck partnered to offer robust, high-gain, low-cost, and discrete conformal printed graphene antennas embedded in military apparel and backpacks. Benefits include:

  • Increase existing cell phone coverage by up to 200%
  • Significant improvements of upload and download speeds
  • Omni-directional coverage through the deployment of an array of antennas
  • Supports wide frequency range from 800-3000Mhz
  • Durable, flexible, washable and non-corrosive – environmentally friendly
  • Increased battery life by reducing operating power

“We expect that our military and defense leaders will appreciate a high performance wearable antenna with little or no silhouette, therefore better protecting the warfighter,” says Vorbeck’s CEO, John Lettow, Ph.D.“Two additional benefits of this technology are that its delivers real-time,“on-the-go” communication capabilities because there is no need to deploy an external antenna, and they also interface with traditional electronics, making them very easy to field,” he said.

Vorbeck has pioneered the use of graphene in printed, flexible electronic components and systems for a wide variety of industries and applications. Using high volume printing technologies and its suite of commercial Vor-ink™ formulations, Vorbeck designs and fabricates multilayer electronic products, including antennas, sensors, switches, and wiring.

From military and defense applications to security packaging, RFID, and consumer wearable electronics, Vorbeck’s patented flexible electronic and antenna technologies can be embedded anywhere including; jackets, clothing, backpacks, briefcases, and other assorted wearables, and labeling--to improve communication in a digital world.

“Our strength is our ability to ‘connect the past with the future’,” says Eric Spackey, CEO, Bluewater Defense. “With Vorbeck’s next generation cellular antenna technology, we are moving information from the fabric of what we wear to the Cloud,” he said.

Bluewater and Vorbeck will be featuring a variety of apparel, backpacks, action packs, straps and other related products at 2016 AUSA Meeting & Expo in Washington, D.C., October 4-5, Washington, D.C., Booth 7617. Demonstrations at the booth during show hours or available upon request.

About Bluewater Defense
Bluewater Defense, Inc. (BWD) is a leading manufacturer of protective clothing, uniforms and equipage for the United States Department of Defense.  With over 29 years of experience, the Company is dedicated to meeting the varying needs of their industry partners and the military through mass production, specialized custom and short run production, rapid prototyping, and a unique focus on innovation.  Bluewater Defense is a Puerto Rico based company, currently operating with 500 employees in a five-building campus located in Corozal, Puerto Rico.  For more information, visit www.bluewaterdefense.com.

About Vorbeck Materials Corp.
Vorbeck Materials is a global leader in graphene enhanced products and solutions. Born out of Professor Ilhan Aksay’s Princeton Research Lab, Vorbeck is now bringing products to market with some of the most well recognized brands and institutions in the world.  Vorbeck has pioneered the use of graphene in printed, flexible electronic components and systems for a wide variety of industries and applications. Using high volume printing technologies and its suite of commercial Vor-ink™ formulations, Vorbeck designs and fabricates multilayer electronic products, including antennas, sensors, switches, and wiring. 

Vorbeck has the capability to integrate this groundbreaking material seamlessly into products that are ready to ship.  Vorbeck’s award-winning, patented technology is based on single-atom thick graphene sheets: it has applicability for Antennas, RFID, Wearables, Next Generation Battery Development, Composites, and Conductive Inks. For more information, visit www.vorbeck.com or call +1-301-497-9000.

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Vorbeck Introduces Vor-flex™ Engineered HNBR Elastomer: Rubber Reinforced with Vor-x® Graphene


Advanced Elastomer Features Superlative Mechanical Strength, Temperature and Fatigue Resistance for Automotive, Petrochemical, Aerospace and Apparel Applications

September 29, 2016

Jessup, MD -- Vorbeck Materials Corp., the leader in award-winning graphene technology, is announcing the introduction of Vor-flex™50, the first in a new family of graphene-enhanced, engineered elastomer products made using Vorbeck’s proprietary Vor-x® technology.

Vor-x® provides Vor-flex™ 50‘s hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber (HNBR) with extreme strength at low deformation (high modulus) and the ability to withstand temperature spikes up to 200 ⁰F above the rated working temperature of HNBR.  Vor-flex™ 50 has a nominal tensile strength of 3500 psi and a Shore A hardness of 88.

“Vor-flex’s high temperature stability allows it to serve in some of the most demanding environments, such as those found in automotive and petrochemical applications,” said John Lettow, Ph.D., Founder and President of Vorbeck Materials.  “Vor-flex is also an ideal choice for making custom gaskets to serve in severe applications as it provides a very tough seal, resistant to chemicals and fuels,” said Lettow.

Vor-flex™ 50 is available for purchase online in a variety of commercially relevant sizes of sheetform at http://store.vorbeck.com/collections/vor-flex-engineered-elastomers/products/vor-flex-50.

Inquiries regarding custom moldings, reformulations, and applications using Vor-flex™ as a compound are welcome, and quotations are available upon request.  Special formulations of Vor-flex™ can also be made electrically conductive.For more information, visit vorbeck.com or call +1-301-497-9000.

About Vorbeck Materials Corp.
Vorbeck Materials is a global leader in graphene products and solutions. Born out of Professor Ilhan Aksay’s Princeton Research Lab, Vorbeck is now bringing products to market with some of the most well recognized brands and institutions in the world.  Vorbeck has the capability to integrate this groundbreaking material seamlessly into products that are ready to ship.  Vorbeck’s award-winning, patented technology is based on single-atom thick graphene sheets: it has applicability for Antennas, RFID, Wearables, Next Generation Battery Development, Composites, and Conductive Inks. For more information, visit www.vorbeck.com or call +1-301-497-9000.

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Reliance and Vorbeck Announce Partnership to Develop Graphene-Enhanced Elastomer Products

September 13, 2016

JESSUP, Md. and MUMBAI, India, Sept. 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reliance Industries Ltd, one of Asia’s top petrochemical production companies, and Vorbeck Materials Corp., a leading producer of graphene and graphene-based products, announced today that they have signed a joint development agreement to develop graphene-enhanced synthetic elastomer products. 

“Vorbeck’s ability to develop innovative graphene-based products opens the door to many potential applications,” said Bharat B. Sharma, Sr. V.P. Product Development & Technical Service (Elastomers) for Reliance’s Petrochemicals division. “We look forward to bringing products that emanate from this partnership to market.”

“We are excited to be working with Reliance, and are inspired by their commitment to innovation,” stated John Lettow, President of Vorbeck Materials.  “This collaboration will accelerate the development and commercialization of products that have the potential to have a real impact on the market.”

About Reliance Industries Ltd.
Reliance Industries Limited is India’s largest private sector company on key financial parameters. It is a significant global player in the integrated energy value chain, and has a growing presence in retail and digital services in India. Built on strong values, RIL is steadfastly rooted in the culture of safety, integrity and commitment. RIL is dedicated to its vision of partnering India’s economic growth and social wellbeing. Headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Reliance owns businesses engaged in energy, petrochemicals, textiles, natural resources, retail and telecommunications.

About Vorbeck Materials Corp.
Vorbeck Materials is a global leader in graphene products and solutions. Born out of a Princeton Research Lab, Vorbeck is now bringing products to market with some of the most well recognized brands and institutions in the world.  Vorbeck has the capability to integrate this groundbreaking material seamlessly into products that are ready to ship.  Vorbeck’s patented technology is based on single-atom thick graphene sheets: it has applicability for Antennas, RFID, Wearables, Next Generation Battery Development, Composites, and Conductive Inks. For more information, visit www.vorbeck.com or call 1-301-497-9000.

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AUSA - Blue Water Defense and Vorbeck introduce wearable antenna 

October 14, 2015

"About a minute into the presentation on their flexible 4G LTE antenna I was hooked.."

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Vorbeck Materials Announces Strategic Investment and Technology Development Agreement with In-Q-Tel

June 30, 2014

JESSUP, Maryland USA -- Vorbeck Materials Corp., a world leader in the field of graphene, has entered into a strategic investment and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel, Inc. (IQT), the independent strategic investment firm that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

As part of the agreement, Vorbeck will use its award-winning graphene technology to develop conductive compounds that will not only benefit IQT's customers, but will also have broad applications in the commercial electronics industry. IQT funds transformational technologies that have the potential to produce break-through developments with large commercial impact.

"Vorbeck's ability to make and bring to market innovative products with graphene opens the door to many potential applications," said Megan Anderson, Vice President in charge of IQT's Field Deployable Technologies Practice. "We look forward to helping advance Vorbeck's technology and seeing the impact that it can have for our government customers and the broader market."

Vorbeck has a proven track-record of developing commercial products using the unique electrical and thermal properties of graphene, including the world’s first graphene-based product on the market, Vor-ink™, a conductive ink for printed electronics applications.

"We are excited to be working with In-Q-Tel to accelerate the development of next-generation conductive graphene compounds," stated John Lettow, President of Vorbeck Materials. "This collaboration will speed the adoption of graphene-based technologies, leading to robust and versatile consumer electronics products."

About Vorbeck Materials Corp.

Vorbeck Materials Corp. is a global leader in developing real-world applications enabled by the Nobel Prize-winning material, graphene, and associated technologies. Built on pioneering work licensed from Princeton University, Vorbeck’s innovations include the world's first commercial graphene product - Vor-ink™, a graphene-based conductive ink for electronics applications. Products using Vor-ink™ circuits are available in major retail chains today. Vorbeck Materials has received numerous national and international awards for technology and product development, including the World Technology Award for Materials Technology in 2011 sponsored by the World Technology Network (WTN) in association with TIME, Fortune Magazine, CNN, Science Magazine, Technology Review, and Kurzwel, the R&D 100 Award in 2012, and has been named one of "America’s Next Top Energy Innovators" by the U.S. Department of Energy. Further information is available at www.vorbeck.com or by emailing info@vorbeck.com.

About IQT

In-Q-Tel is the not-for-profit, strategic investment firm that works to identify, adapt, and deliver innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Launched in 1999 as a private, independent organization, IQT's mission is to identify and partner with companies developing cutting-edge technologies that serve the national security interests of the United States. Working from an evolving strategic blueprint defining the Intelligence Community's critical technology needs, IQT engages with entrepreneurs, startups, researchers, and investors to deliver technologies that provide superior capabilities for the CIA and broader Intelligence Community. For more information, visit www.iqt.org.


 

License will lead to faster charging batteries for phones, electric vehicles 

January 30, 2013      

The agreement will allow Vorbeck to bring lithium batteries incorporating Vor-x® graphene technology to market for use in consumer portable electronic and medical devices, tools and electric vehicles. Lithium-ion batteries are rechargeable and are widely used in electronic devices such as laptops and smartphones, and to power electric cars and trucks.

"Today, a typical cell phone battery takes between two and five hours to fully recharge, and an electric vehicle has to be plugged in most of the night to recharge," explained John Lettow, president of Vorbeck Materials. "The pioneering work done by Vorbeck, Princeton University, and PNNL is leading to the development of batteries that recharge quickly, reducing the time it takes to charge a smartphone to minutes and an electric vehicle to just a couple of hours."

Lettow noted the research effort also could lead to the development of batteries that are more stable, have a longer life and store larger amounts of energy.

"We are very pleased to add this substantial portfolio of graphene-based battery technologies, developed with PNNL and Princeton, to our already very strong graphene patent portfolios in conductive inks, printed electronics, composite materials, and energy storage," added Lettow.

"This license is the culmination of a substantial investment of laboratory-directed research and development funds, innovative work by our researchers and a proactive patenting strategy recently deployed at PNNL," said Cheryl Cejka, the national laboratory's director of technology commercialization. "PNNL is a leader in linking research to real-world impact, so we are thrilled to see a company like Vorbeck bring our technology to US consumers."

Electronics and auto manufacturers would like to develop the next generation of batteries using low-cost materials such as titanium dioxide to replace the more expensive materials used today. But titanium dioxide on its own doesn't perform well enough to serve as a replacement.

Recently, PNNL researchers collaborated with Vorbeck to develop a method for building tiny titanium oxide and carbon structures and then demonstrated that small quantities of Vor-x® graphene ‐ a good electronic conductor made from ultra-thin sheets of carbon atoms ‐ can dramatically improve the performance of the batteries, especially with respect to how rapidly the batteries can be charged.

Structural analysis studies of the material were conducted with scientists at EMSL, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a DOE national user facility located at PNNL. When they compared how well the new combination of electrode materials charged and discharged electric current, the electrodes containing graphene outperformed the standard titanium dioxide by up to three times.

Lettow noted the Vorbeck-PNNL team recently received a grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, to develop advanced battery chemistries, and has contracts with major manufacturers for graphene-based printed electronics and battery systems. "As a result, Vorbeck anticipates continued breakthroughs, new patents and rapid commercialization of the new technology in consumer goods," he said. "Prototypes of Vorbeck's battery technologies were already on display earlier this month at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas."

About Vorbeck Materials Corp.

Vorbeck Materials Corp. is a U.S.-based technology and manufacturing company established in 2006 to develop products using Vor-x®, Vorbeck's patented graphene technology, initially developed at Princeton University. Vorbeck launched the world's first commercial graphene product with the introduction of Vor-ink™, a graphene-based conductive ink for electronics applications. Vorbeck also develops and manufactures products using Vor-x® graphene for use in elastomer and plastic composites, high-performance fibers, anti-corrosive coatings, and batteries. Vorbeck's aim is to use graphene as the basis for innovative technologies that break performance barriers and create higher-profit solutions for clients compared to conventional products. Vorbeck Materials is the first and only company to receive EPA approval for the commercial production and sale of graphene-based products.

Further information is available at www.vorbeck.com or by emailing info@vorbeck.com.

 

 

Vorbeck Materials Awarded $1.5M ARPA-E Grant

December 5, 2012

Jessup, MD – The battery cells are based on lithium-sulfur chemistries, which have a greater energy density compared to today's lithium-ion batteries. If successful, the system has the potential to shorten recharge times by factor of three, maintain high battery capacity and increase the efficiency of hybrid vehicles by up to 20% while also reducing cost and emissions.

ARPA-E funds transformational, breakthrough technologies that have the potential to produce game-changing breakthroughs in energy technology, form the foundation for entirely new industries, and have large commercial impacts. The projects announced by ARPA-E last week, which includes Vorbeck's low-cost, fast-charging battery program, "represent the true mission of ARPA-E: swinging for the fences and trying to hit home runs to support development of the most innovative technologies and change what's possible for America's energy future" said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.

Vorbeck's battery technology uses patented graphene technology, known as Vor-x®, to enable transformational innovations in the battery industry. In partnership with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Princeton University, high performance batteries with record breaking energy density capacities have already been demonstrated. In 2012, Vorbeck was selected as one of three winners in the Department of Energy's Next Top Energy Innovator challenge recognizing the advancements in energy storage enabled by this novel graphene technology and the technology received a 2012 R&D100 Award.

"We are excited to be working with the Department of Energy to accelerate the development of commercial lithium-sulfur battery technology enabled by Vor-x®," stated John Lettow, President of Vorbeck Materials. "By simultaneously improving energy density, charge rate, and cycle life, this new battery technology will lead to faster adoption of clean, energy-efficient transportation innovations and the development of more versatile and powerful consumer electronics products."

About Vorbeck Materials Corp.

Vorbeck Materials Corp. is a technology company established in 2006 to manufacture and develop applications using Vor-x®, Vorbeck's patented graphene material developed at Princeton University. Vorbeck launched the world's first commercial graphene product with the introduction of Vor-ink™, a graphene-based conductive ink for electronics applications. Products using Vor-ink™ circuits are available in major retail chains today. Vorbeck Materials is the first and only company to receive EPA approval for the commercial production and sale of graphene-based products.

Further information is available at www.vorbeck.com or by emailing info@vorbeck.com.

 

Vorbeck Team Wins Prestigious R&D 100 Award 



 

June 20, 2012

Jessup, MD – The R&D 100 Award recognizes Vorbeck's breakthrough work with PNNL and Princeton to commercialize graphene technology, which will enable greater use of electric vehicles and faster charging consumer electronics.

In collaboration with Professor Ilhan Aksay at Princeton University, PNNL has demonstrated that small quantities of Vor-x™, Vorbeck's unique graphene material, can dramatically improve the performance and power of lithium-ion batteries. The pioneering work will enable the development of batteries that last longer and recharge quickly, drastically reducing the time it takes to charge an electric vehicle to just a few hours and allowing smartphones to charge in as little as ten minutes. Lithium-ion batteries are also used to power laptops, power tools and other electronic devices.

Vorbeck is working to bring this new technology to market for use in consumer electronic devices, tools, and electric vehicles. Vorbeck is also partnering with Hardwire LLC of Maryland to integrate the new batteries into hybrid military vehicles.

The R&D 100 Awards, sometimes referred to as the "Oscars of Innovation", have long been a benchmark of excellence in technological innovation. Since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards have identified revolutionary technologies, many of which later became household names including the automated teller machine (1973), the fax machine (1975), the Kodak Photo CD (1991), the Nicoderm anti-smoking patch (1992), and HDTV (1998). A full list of this year's winners is available at www.rdmag.com.

Vorbeck and its partners will be honored at annual R&D 100 Awards ceremony in Orlando Nov. 1.