In this 2013 file photo, Angstron Materials scientist Qing Fang worked within one of two dry rooms that had been installed for the production of battery materials. The dry rooms have a relative humidity of less than 3 percent and were made possible by an unnamed investor. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Company’s opening scheduled to bring public affairs program to town

The formation of a graphene manufacturing holding company in Dayton next month is scheduled to bring a public affairs television series hosted by Rob Lowe to town.

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Graphene is a light material designed to conduct heat and electricity. Global Graphene Group is a holding company for Angstron Materials, Honeycomb Battery and Nanotek Instruments. It makes and commercializes graphene raw materials, and graphene nanocomposites and advanced batteries. The company is based in Dayton with operations in Asia.

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The company traces its history to the 2007 formation of Angstron Materials at The Entrepreneurs Center in Dayton.

“As the world’s first discoverer of this wonder material in 2002, we have accomplished a whole lot in the past decade, here and abroad, ” the company said in a recent invitation to the May 18 grand opening event at the company’s 1240 McCook Avenue offices and labs.

In past years, Angstron has called itself as the world’s largest producer of nano graphene platelets and the only manufacturer able to produce “pristine graphene.”

Graphene is a material whose electrons move 100 times faster than in silicon, the material used in computer chips. Graphene also conducts thermal properties well and is easy to see through. The company has focused on the material’s potential for hybrid electric vehicle battery anodes, supercapacitors, fuel cells, batteries, composite materials and more.

The company has 43 employees in Dayton and about 72 globally.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich; John Minor, Jobs Ohio chief executive; Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley; Jeff Hoagland, Dayton Development Coalition CEO and others have been invited to the opening, which will include a taping of “Informed - Hosted by Rob Lowe,” according to a schedule for the event.

Benjamin Wilson, Informed’s vice president of production, said Lowe will not be in Dayton, but the show’s production crew will be. “All of our work with Mr. Lowe is in Los Angeles,” he said.

Graphene Global Group — also called G3 — also has scheduled discussions and talks on advanced manufacturing in Dayton, economic development, tax policy and more on May 18.

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