Curtin researcher co-develops solution to help turn waste carbon into battery-grade graphite

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A game-changing technology turning carbon into battery-grade graphite is among the initiatives being developed into innovative businesses through Curtin University’s Accelerate program in 2024.

The Accelerate program supports early-stage startups to enhance their entrepreneurial skills, connect with investors, and elevate their products and services into thriving businesses.

Curtin research academic and material scientist Dr. Jason Fogg has co-developed RapidGraphite, a pioneering technology that transforms carbon into battery-grade graphite within seconds, a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries.

“With RapidGraphite’s proprietary technology, we can bring a world-first solution to graphite manufacturers to help them turn their waste carbon into battery-grade graphite, overcoming technical bottlenecks that exist today,” Dr. Fogg said in a media statement.

“Our team is excited about Accelerate. We see it as an opportunity to bring RapidGraphite out of the university and into the world.”

The 13 start-ups participating in the program will be led by the chair of Curtin’s commercialization advisory board, Larry Lopez, a global expert in venture funding and building high-growth companies.