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Positive results from independent oil trials

14 MAY 2015

("Applied Graphene Materials", "AGM" or "the Company")

Applied Graphene Materials, the producer of specialty graphene materials, through a proprietary “bottom up” synthesis process, is reporting positive preliminary findings following independent performance testing on graphene enhanced Base oils, undertaken by BfB Oil Research, Belgium (“BfB”).

BfB’s initial results demonstrate that low loading levels of AGM’s graphene nanoplatelets, within base oils, reduce friction and the wear of metal surfaces. The findings support our own internal research indicating AGM’s graphene nanoplatelets can provide a strong lubricating, reduced friction, barrier between contact surfaces. This opens up the potential for development work into commercial applications across numerous high performance oils and greases. Other potential benefits of AGM’s graphene nanoplatelets, in terms of increased thermal conductivity and corrosion resistance, are also being investigated.

AGM’s graphene manufacturing process is unique, sustainable, continuous and scalable, and the Company is heavily focused on providing high quality graphene which is commercially viable and available in high volumes. Importantly, Applied Graphene Materials is also focused on developing a range of consistent and stable dispersions, enabling successful application in volume manufacturing by its global industrial partners.

Applied Graphene Materials will be sharing the findings of the BfB test programme with its Tribology and Lubrication Industry partners and are also seeking to engage with other interested parties at the major Global Tribology Oil and Lubrication (STLE) Exhibition in Dallas, Texas between 17 May and 20 May 2015.

Mark Snell, AGM’s Market Sector Manager for Functional Fluids, commented:

“The results generated at BfB Oil Research confirm our own research findings and indicate that these positive results could be translated to higher volume applications. With a scalable manufacturing process, our growing library of test data and a strong technical team, Applied Graphene Materials is well placed to help its customers apply and exploit graphene in their end products and markets.”

Michael Boucher, BfB’s Technical Manager, commented:

“The results from our test work are very instructive and show that Applied Graphene Materials’ well dispersed graphene nanoplatelets offer the potential for significant property improvements in oils and greases. We look forward to continuing to support Applied Graphene Materials’ ongoing development work.”

For further information, please contact:

Applied Graphene Materials
Mark Snell, Market Sector Manager
Nigel Blatherwick, Commercial Director

About BfB Oil Research

Based in Belgium, BfB Oil Research is a laboratory specialised in research, product identification, evaluation of physicochemical characteristics and performances, and environmental impacts on all types of fluids, lubricants, cooling fluids, greases, waxes, fuels and detergents. BfB Oil Research is also mandated to ensure the quality control and the conformity of these fluids.

With more than 20 years’ experience in industrial, petrochemical and oleochemic fields, BfB benefits from a high level of expertise to meet the very specifics needs of its clients. Moreover, BfB guaranties its analytical performances by a sustained investment in high technology equipment in its laboratory.

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