Lomiko Metals is focused on the exploration and development of minerals for the new green economy.
The Company is a reporting issuer and an exchange issuer under the Securities Act of British Columbia and Alberta and, as such, is required to make filing on a continuous basis there under. Such material is available for inspection at www.sedar.com. The Issuer’s common shares are listed and posted for trading on the TSX-Venture Exchange.
Lomiko Metals Inc. is a Canada-based, exploration-stage company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of resource properties that contain minerals for the new green economy. Its mineral properties include the Quatre Milles Graphite Property and the Vines Lake property which both have had recent major discoveries. On February 12, 2013 Lomiko Metals and Graphene Labs signed a Strategic Alliance to develop new businesses in the nanotechnology field.
Graphene 3D Laboratories Inc a spin-out of the arrangement between Lomiko Metals Inc. and Graphene Laboratories Inc. and focuses on development of high-performance graphene-enhanced materials for 3D Printing. Dr. Stolyarov and Dr. Elena Polyakova the CEO of Graphene Labs have been involved with graphene from its very early stages. Dr. Polyakova was a graduate student when, in 2005, her advisor proposed five projects one of which was graphene. Dr. Stolyarov came to the still infant field in 2007. Now graphene has exploded with nearly 10,000 patents applied for and scientific papers being published daily.
In April 2013, GMR Laboratories of Vancouver tested Lomiko graphite and reported a good portion of flake graphite with 94%-99.999% graphite content. The material from Lomiko allowed new developments to be investigated using Graphene Labs experience and Lomiko funding.
On September 17, 2013, Lomiko and Graphene Labs reported that in the first step of the conversion process of graphite to graphene, natural graphite flakes were oxidized and turned into Graphene Oxide (“GO”) by a modified Hummer's method. The properties of graphene, including its high conductivity, mechanical strength, and high specific surface area, make it an ideal electrode material.
3D printing -- or additive manufacturing -- is the process of creating a three-dimensional, solid object from a digital file, of virtually any shape. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, whereas successive layers of material are laid down and create different shapes.
On January 20, 2014 Graphene 3D Lab announced it reached a significant milestone by filing a provisional patent application for the use of graphene-enhanced material, along with other materials, in 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing).
Adding graphene to polymers which are conventionally used in 3D printing improves the properties of the polymer in many different ways; it improves the polymers mechanical strength as well as its electrical and thermal conductivity. The method described in the provisional patent application allows consumers to use the polymer, infused with graphene, together with conventional polymers in the same printing process, thereby fabricating functional electronic devices using 3D printing.
New developments in 3D printing will allow for the creation of products with different components, such as printed electronic circuits, sensors, or batteries to be manufactured. 3D Printing is a new and promising manufacturing technology that has garnered much interest, growing from uses in prototyping to everyday products. Today, it is a billion dollar industry growing at a brisk pace.
Lomiko and Graphene Labs have been collaborating on the development of applications for graphene. While they have been working on a number of projects only two have reached the disclosure stage: super capacitors and 3D printing applications.
Essentially graphene is mixed with the existing plastic polymer used as the 3D printing medium. Done properly this mixing allows the graphene to “share” some of its qualities with the polymer. So, for example, a non-conductive 3D prinintg plastic polymer will become conductive when fused with graphene.
The addition of graphene to existing 3D polymers should allow the creation of functioning, printed, circuits in 3D constructions. You could print a 3D flashlight which, once you added a bulb and a battery, would work.
Enhancing polymers with graphene can endow them with some of the extraordinary mechanical strength, conductivity and thermal properties which graphene holds.
Dr. Stolyarov is quick to point out that just adding graphene nano platelets to a batch of polymer is not the whole story.
Graphene can be made as sheets or as what are called nano platelets. While a great deal of attention has been focused on the production of graphene sheets the nano platelets may hold more immediate promise.
There are proprietary techniques involved which are required to actually coax the graphene to share its attributes with the host material. And these are the techniques which form the intellectual property of the Lomiko/Graphene Labs spin off Graphene 3D Labs.