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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Vorbeck Materials Debuts Flexible Battery Straps

June 12, 2014

JESSUP, Md. -- Business travelers, students, and outdoor enthusiasts now have a comfortable and convenient option to power devices when they are on the go, with the newly released Vor-Power™ flexible battery strap by Vorbeck Materials. "Vor-Power straps offer a light-weight, comfortable, power source that can be attached to any existing bag strap and provide about 50 hours of additional talk or surf time," stated Joseph Roy-Mayhew, Manager of the Vor-Power product line. Capable of charging smartphones up to 5 times, the rechargeable Vor-Power™ padded shoulder strap comes with two USB outputs and a micro USB cable output as well as pockets for your phone and credit cards.

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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.

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Vorbeck Materials Awarded $1.5M ARPA-E Grant

December 5, 2012

Jessup, MD – Vorbeck Materials Corp. has been awarded a two-year, $1.5 million grant from the US Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop a low-cost, fast-charging battery for hybrid vehicles. 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.

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Vorbeck Materials Expands Vor-ink™ Capacity; Launches Online Store

October 24, 2012

Jessup, MD – With the launch of the online store, sample quantities of conductive inks and coatings can be purchased quickly and easily. "With all the excitement surrounding graphene research, developers across the world demand graphene samples, in order to evaluate the real advantages of this new material. We are not theorizing about space elevators, or bullet-proof cellphones. What we sell is a very unique conductive ink that has enabled high volume printed electronics applications, in stores today." Alex Carter, Senior Associate, Business Development.

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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.

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Vorbeck wins DOE competition to be America's Next Top Energy Innovator

February 10, 2012

JESSUP, MD. Vorbeck, in partnership with the Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL) and Princeton University, is leading the effort to commercialize next generation lithium batteries incorporating graphene technology. This new innovation would realize major improvements in the performance of the batteries, enabling faster-charging, higher powered batteries for transportation and consumer electronics.

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Vorbeck Materials: America's Next Top Energy Innovator

January 19, 2012

JESSUP, MD.  The Department of Energy has selected Vorbeck Materials to compete with thirty-six other companies to be America's Next Top Energy Innovator. The award will be selected by on-line public voting . The winner will be announced at the Arpa-E summit in Washington, D.C. Feb 27-29. Vorbeck, in partnership with the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL) and Princeton University, is working to rapidly commercialize next generation lithium ion batteries, which are widely used in laptops and smartphones and to power electric vehicles. The new innovation would use Vorbeck's patented graphene technology to enable major improvements in the performance of lithium ion batteries.

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Vorbeck Materials Closes Series 3 Round of Financing

December 12, 2011

JESSUP, Md. — Vorbeck Materials Corp. announced today that it has completed a fully subscribed series 3 financing, which closed December 9, 2011, with a total value of $10 million. Black Powder, LLC and Fairbridge Venture Partners, LP led the round, which included 15 additional investors.

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Vorbeck Materials and MWV Win IDTechEx Award for Printed Electronics Product Development

December 5, 2011

Jessup, MD -- Vorbeck Materials, the leading developer of graphene-based products, and MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), a global leader in packaging, have received the Product Development Award in Printed Electronics from IDTechEx for MWVs Natralock® with Siren™technology, an innovative anti-theft packaging solution.

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Vorbeck Materials Selected to Showcase Graphene Technology at 2011 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

February 28, 2011

JESSUP, MD -- Vorbeck announced today its selection for the prestigious Technology Showcase at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, hosted by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) and the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI). Vorbeck was selected from hundreds of top technology companies to participate in the Summit, which will highlight America’s most promising prospects for cutting-edge developments in energy innovation.

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Targray Launches Industry's First Graphene Composite Anode

January 24, 2011

Montreal, Quebec, Canada — Targray Technology International announces that it has partnered with Vorbeck Materials Corp. to introduce a new and disruptive graphene technology for manufacturers of Li-ion battery cells. The agreement names Targray as the exclusive global channel to market for the Vor-Charge™ Graphene Composite Anode Materials. Vor-Charge™ is based on a new technology that outperforms carbon nanotube and carbon black composites, and enables significantly increased cycle life and faster recharge rates.

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Graphene Leader Vorbeck Materials Receives World Technology Award

January 20, 2011

JESSUP, MD -- Vorbeck Materials Corp., developer of the world’s first commercial product using graphene technology, was selected as the winner of the 2010 World Technology Award in the Materials category. Vorbeck received the award from a field of 20 corporate nominees including IBM Research, Xerox Research, Intel, and A123 Systems.

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Graphene Innovator Vorbeck Materials Receives Additional Financing

January 6, 2011

JESSUP, MD -- Vorbeck Materials Corp. announced today that it has secured an additional $2.785 million in a fully subscribed series 2b financing, which was completed December 30, 2010. Fairbridge Venture Partners and Stoneham Partners, L.P. led the round, along with individual investors. To date, the company has raised over $8.0 million in private investment.

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Vorbeck Materials announces collaboration with PNNL to develop graphene product for batteries

July 13, 2010

JESSUP, Md.-- Vorbeck Materials Corp., in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), operated by Battelle for the Department of Energy, announces a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to develop Li-ion battery electrodes using Vorbeck’s unique graphene material, Vor-xTM. These new battery materials could enable electronic devices and power tools that recharge in minutes rather than hours or function as part of a hybrid battery system to extend the range of electric vehicles.

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Vorbeck Materials Receives a Top Innovator Award by the New York Venture Summit

June 17, 2010

JESSUP, Md. --Graphene leader Vorbeck Materials is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a winner of the Top Innovator Award by the annual New York Venture Summit. The award recognizes cutting edge private companies driving the future of innovation. John Lettow, President of Vorbeck, has been invited by the New York Venture Summit to present the company to 450 entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate developers June 17th in New York City.

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Graphene Innovator, Vorbeck Materials, Announces New Product for Flexographic Printing Applications

June 08, 2010

JESSUP, Md.-- Vorbeck Materials Corp., the world’s leading producer of graphene-based materials and manufacturer of the world’s first commercial graphene-based product, Vor-ink conductive inks, announces a new conductive ink formulation for flexographic printing, Vor-ink Flexo.

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Graphene Innovator Vorbeck Materials receives LoREX approval from EPA

December 16, 2009

JESSUP, Md.-- Vorbeck Materials Corp. announced recent EPA approval to manufacture graphene as a conductive additive for inks. EPA’s approval, which was granted under the terms of the Low Exposure, Low Release Exemption Rule (LoREX), enables the company to offer Vor-ink™, a highly conductive, versatile, and low-cost, conductive ink, for commercial sale to the printed electronics industry. Vor-ink™ is the first commercially available, EPA-approved graphene product in the U.S. market.

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Vorbeck Materials Receives $5.1 Million in Series 2 Financing

July 22, 2009

JESSUP, Md. -- Vorbeck Materials Corp. announced today that it has secured $5.1 million in a Series 2 financing led by Stoneham Partners, a private investment firm, with contributions from the Maryland Department for Business and Economic Development and a syndicate of individual investors. The company will use the capital to expand development of its Vor-x graphene and Vor-ink conductive inks for printed electronics applications.

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New Cooperation in Graphene Composite Materials Started:

BASF and Jessup, MD based Vorbeck Materials form joint research program

December 16, 2008

JESSUP, Md.--BASF and Vorbeck Materials Corp. have established a joint research program to develop graphene-based formulations and composite materials. As part of the collaboration, Vorbeck and BASF are developing dispersions of highly conductive graphene for producing electrically conductive coating and compounds especially for the electronics industry. The newly established joint research program will lead to commercial applications in the near future.

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