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Iceni Labs has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Singapore’s 2d Materials (2DM) that will see the companies combine their respective expertise to develop and market high-technology graphene-based products for the defence, automotive and aerospace markets in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

2DM manufacturers high-performance graphene as an industrial additive to enhance the properties of many industrial materials. Graphene is one atom thick layer of pure carbon in hexagonal arrangement which is one million times thinner than paper, 300 times stronger than steel and 97 per cent more transparent. In addition to being the storngest material ever measured, graphene offers extremely high best performances in toughness, weight, light transmittance and electrical conductivity.

The MoU will explore the potential to use 2DM’s graphene as an industrial additive to enhance the properties of Icon Labs-developed industrial products including microphones, weapons optics devices and coatings.

Iceni Labs is currently working on two cutting edge, Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) funded programmes that aim to exploit the properties of graphene for the defence market. Under the first programme the company is developing the world’s smallest and most sensitive graphene microphones. Under the second, the capabilities of graphene are being used to develop a game-changing day/night weapon sight that enables the sight to switch between day and thermal modes at the press of a button, with the form and function of current combat optical gunsights. The MoU began in August 2021 for an initial period of 12 months.