Universal Matter Turns Trash to Treasure and Makes Headlines Around the World

The Flash Graphene invention has been picked up by Nature and Science—the top two scientific publications in the world.

January 30, 2020

AC client Universal Matter Inc. is commercializing a new patent-pending process to become the world’s leading supplier of the most economical and high-quality graphene that is turbostratic in nature. This new process can also utilize a very broad range of carbon-based feedstock materials, including recycled plastics and biomass. The technology and additional developments are expected to support broad adoption of graphene across several major industries.

The Flash Graphene invention, as it is referred to, has been picked up by outlets around the world including Nature and Science—the top two scientific publications in existence.  

“Most scientists dream of even having one article published in one of these two magazines in their entire career,” says John Van Leeuwen, CEO and Founding Partner of Universal Matter. “For the article to be accepted, it is peer reviewed and, in our case, a long list of clarifying questions came back.  It took inventors Dr. Jim Tour and Dr. Duy Xuan Luong, several months of additional supporting research and a 61-page response to these questions to make the article accepted. This is incredibly hard work.”


Universal Matter is a current TD Sustainable Future Program client.

The invention is making headlines around the world. Check them out to learn more about Flash Graphene.

Nature- Gram-scale bottom-up flash graphene synthesis

Science- Electricity turns garbage into graphene

Newsweek- Scientists turn “trash to treasure” by making ultra-strong graphene from coal, plastic and food waste

Popmech- Физики научились получать графен из бытового мусора

Silicon Republic- ‘This is a big deal’: Food waste can now be used to create ‘flash graphene’

Technology Networks- Rubbish turned into useful graphene flakes

Science Alert- New process turns carbon-based trash into ‘wonder material’ graphene

Breitbart News Network- New technology turns trash into graphene

UPI- New technology turns trash into graphene

Azonano- New process can help create bulk quantities of pristine graphene

Innovazione- Grafene flash prodotto dai rifiuti, il lato prezioso del riciclo

Green Report Italy- Un nuovo ed economico procedimento flash trasforma la spazzatura in prezioso grafene

Futurity- Team turns banana peels and other trash into ‘flash graphene’

Greot- Lab turns trash into valuable graphene in a flash: ‘Green’ process promises pristine graphene in bulk using waste food, plastic and other materials

New Atlas- High-value “flash graphene” can be made from cheap trash

Science Daily- Lab turns trash into valuable graphene in a flash

Chemical & Engineering News- How to make a pristine graphene from trash in a flash

Nanowerk- Turning trash into valuable graphene in a flash

EurekAlert!- Rice lab turns trash into valuable graphene in a flash

Phys Org- Lab turns trash into valuable graphene in a flash

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