Original Published Date: 
Monday, November 2, 2020

Article issued by First Graphene, a partner organisation of the ARC Research Hub for Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation.

A new fire-retardant paint technology based on graphene that is cheaper, safer and more effective than existing fire retardant paints has been developed over a three-year collaboration between the ARC Research Hub for Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation, based at The University of Adelaide, and partner organisation, First Graphene Limited.  

First Graphene holds the global licencing rights to a graphene-based fire-retardant coating, marketed as  FireStop™ and has agreed to work with USA company TPRand its Australian distributor Exfire with the aim to commercialise the new fire-retardant technology.

Different coating thicknesses have been evaluated and results showed FireStop™ coatings are effective at only 33% of the thickness of competitor products. This has obvious commercial advantages, particularly if effectiveness is achieved with only one coat. Early stage analysis has shown the cost of FireStop™ is significantly less than competitor products - making it a preferred product both on technical and economic grounds.

Researchers say these developments are of particular value at a time when many standard industry fire retardants contain halogenated materials and these are being phased out for environmental reasons.

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The new fire-retardant coating has been developed as part of a three-year collaboration between the ARC Research Hub for Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation and First Graphene Limited. Photo credit: ARC Graphene Research Hub.