OXFORD, Miss., April 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A new association focused on facilitating the commercialization of graphene in the United States was launched today. 

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The new National Graphene Association™ will provide a premier networking and information platform to connect current and future stakeholders in the graphene field, drive innovation, and promote and expedite the commercialization of graphene products and technologies in the United States.

The association’s Executive Director, Dr. Zina Jarrahi Cinker, is a fundamental physicist who has devoted her research to the study of graphene and is a consultant and entrepreneur in the field.

“This is a pivotal time for graphene. We are past the hype stage, and with adjusted expectations, we will start seeing much more realistic and steady progress. NGA will provide organized momentum to cultivate cross-industry dialogue and drive the industry forward,” said Cinker.

The association, which has offices in Oxford, Mississippi; Nashville, Tennessee and Washington, D. C., has developed a broad range of membership categories designed for entrepreneurs, emerging and established graphene companies, suppliers and developers, researchers, investors, venture capitalists and government agencies.

“We are excited to create a diverse membership that will convene around the goal of taking graphene commercialization, research and development to the next level in the U.S. and beyond,” said Cinker. “We are creating a platform and a place for graphene stakeholders or anyone with an interest in graphene to collaborate and form strategic partnerships across the entire value chain.”

As a means to further the goals of the association, NGA has also launched a news and information portal, GrapheneEntrepreneur.com™.

“Billed as ‘Your Daily Dose of Graphene,’ GrapheneEntrepreneur.com is dedicated to being the go-to source for curated information on developments, innovations and new applications for graphene, along with the people and companies behind them,” said Allison Buchanan, CEO of the National Graphene Association.

“We encourage members of NGA and anyone interested in developments to bookmark the site, download the app and follow our social media,” she said. “These GrapheneEntrepreneur.com platforms will be the places where knowledge is shared and conversations happen,” she said.

NGA will have its first industry event, a Graphene Innovation Roundtable™, in early October in Nashville, Tennessee at the Music City Center.

“The October event is the first in a series,” said Dr. Ed Meek, the Founder of NGA. “These Roundtable events will bring together the best of the best and will put people in the same room to have real, productive conversations across industry segments.” 

To learn more about NGA and to join, go to NationalGrapheneAssociation.com.
To get your Daily Dose of Graphene News, visit GrapheneEntrepreneur.com

To reach Dr. Zina Jarrahi Cinker, Executive Director, email HERE.

The GrapheneEntrepreneur.com app can be downloaded here for iPhone; and here for Android.

Media inquiries contact Allison Buchanan, email HERE.   Phone: (662)371-1800 cell: (228)596-3192