Graphene is a carbon-based material, one atom thick, around 200 times stronger than steel. It is an excellent conductor of heat, electricity and has a wide range of light absorption abilities.
"Graphene has the potential to revolutionize a range of processes and industries," said Prof. Konstantin Novoselov, physicist and Nobel Prize winner. "Since Graphene’s first isolation in 2004, we have seen tremendous success and marketplace application of the material within electronics and automotive industries."
"It is a privilege to be the only representative from our industry in this research initiative and puts us at the cutting edge to address challenges through multidisciplinary research and development together with our industry partners," added Sara De Simoni, VP, Equipment Engineering, Tetra Pak.
Tetra Pak is exploring the potential graphene holds to unlock a range of new and revolutionary innovations for the F&B industry, including:
- Packaging material innovation – how graphene could offer coatings to reduce carbon footprint in the packaging supply chain, graphene can also enhance the performance of current packaging materials, enable new functionality as well as increase recyclability;
- Smart Packaging – with the development of smart packaging, graphene’s ultra-thin flexible sensors can be integrated into packages as data carriers for producers, retailers and consumers. Graphene sensors can also be smaller, lighter and less expensive than traditional sensors;
- Next-generation equipment – exploring how graphene composites can be used to make equipment lighter and more energy-efficient has the potential to reduce costs and energy consumption. With only modifications needed to equipment over additional purchases, both time and money are saved.