Caught up in this search is Donna Mandau. As the Founder, President & CEO of Graphene Leaders Canada (GLC), she is working to help her company capitalize on the material’s revolutionary capabilities.
As Mandau explains, “Our focus is to develop high quality, high purity graphene nanomaterials and use those materials in the development of applications…We're proudly Canadian looking for our Canadian partners who have global reach.”
GLC is the only graphene production and application solutions company in Western Canada, and one of four in Canada. And with industry partners lined up to use this technology, they are now poised to enter the market.
Currently, their focus is on finding application solutions where their graphene can improve a product. Their slogan is “Making Great Products Even Greater”, and their competitive advantage is material science expertise that allows them to easily integrate their technology into existing product development. This is done through the utilization of their liquid phase and green production process. They produce high quality, high purity graphene nanomaterials, from aerogels, hydrogels, and fiber filtrations, to their patent-pending G+ Protective Coating for metal surfaces. These serve as a platform technology, which are leveraged to add value to many varying applications, depending on need.
“Not only do we make quality product but we know how to work with it. We can develop a formulation that's specific to an application that our clients can then work into their existing technology”, Mandau says.
For instance, while able to support a nearly unlimited number of vertical development opportunities, one application for GLC is to use their G+ Protective Coating on pipelines in place of traditional metal coatings like standard Electroless Nickel. This would significantly increase lubricity and hardness and improve on the resistance to wear abrasion and corrosion, resulting in cost savings and a safer product—one that requires less maintenance and fewer replacements compared to others utilizing less resilient solutions.
Unique to every other graphene company, though, is that they are developing products that utilize graphene as a filtration platform for water and air purification, which could have massive implications for environmental, remediation, and sustainability industries.