Graphene stocks: how to invest and the best companies to watch
Graphene is an industry that’s expected to experience rapid expansion in the 2020s. Here, we show you how to take a position on graphene stocks and highlight some publicly traded graphene companies.
Investing in graphene: what you need to know
Graphene is a growing industry – with interesting prospects for the coming years. The research and development of graphene is gaining more and more attention, and people are becoming more aware of the applications that this material might have in a range of different industries.
This means that investing in graphene – or more specifically, the stocks of companies that have a role to play in the graphene industry – could become more popular as a greater number of applications for the material become clear and commercially viable.
What is graphene?
Graphene is a structurally different form of carbon – called an allotrope in chemistry circles. This means that graphene is carbon-based – like diamonds, graphite or life on Earth itself.
The carbon atoms that make up graphene form a sheet of ‘chicken wire’ in a hexagonal structure – similar to honeycomb. In graphene, each carbon atom is bonded to three other carbon atoms.
As a result, graphene is an incredibly effective conductor of heat and electricity, it’s almost transparent due to its thinness, it absorbs light of nearly all wavelengths, while also being stronger than steel.
These different properties mean that graphene has a variety of different applications – many of which are actively being explored by different companies within the graphene industry.
How to trade and invest in graphene stocks
Trading and investing are often used interchangeably when talking about the financial markets, but they mean different things.
‘Trading’ refers specifically to speculating on a stock’s price movements with leveraged derivatives like CFDs. You’ll be able to go long (‘buy’) to speculate on prices rising, or short (‘sell’) to speculate on prices falling.
‘Investing’ on the other hand, means that you’ll be taking direct ownership of the stock – making you a shareholder in the process.
Trading (buying) graphene shares
- Create or log in to your leveraged trading account for CFDs and go to our trading platform
- Search for a graphene stock
- Select ‘buy’ or ‘sell’ in the deal ticket to speculate on prices rising or falling
- Choose your position size
- Confirm and monitor your trade
Top graphene stocks to watch
There aren’t many publicly traded graphene companies out there at the moment and these top graphene stocks are ranked in no particular order. The companies were simply some leaders in the graphene sector at the time of writing (8 March 2021).
Applied Graphene Materials
Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) has been harnessing the power of graphene for over a decade. The company is a self-proclaimed world leader in the development and application of graphene nanoplatelet dispersions for customers in the coatings, composites and functional materials sectors.
Haydale Graphene Industries
Haydale Graphene Industries (HAYD) is a graphene and nanomaterial company that is working in a range of industries including aerospace, automotive, medical, energy, and printing. The company hopes to play a role in the development and distribution of graphene-based inventions that will help to revolutionise these various industries.
Versarien (VRS) is an advanced engineering materials group that offers its clients a range of engineering solutions, including graphene. The group has specialist graphene subsidiaries including 2-DTech Limited, Cambridge Graphene Limited, AAC Cyroma and Versarien Graphene Inc. These companies all have different areas of expertise within graphene development and manufacturing.
Graphene NanoChem (GRPHG) is a nanotechnology commercialisation company that designs, manufactures and markets a range of nano-enhanced solutions. These include chemicals, to performance materials with improved characteristics. The company mainly focuses on the oil and gas sector.
First Graphene Limited
First Graphene Limited (FGR) is a leading supplier of high-performing graphene products. The company boasts about its robust manufacturing platform and a production capacity of 100 tonnes of graphene per year.
Graphene industry: what’s the outlook?
The graphene sector is expected to experience rapid growth in the 2020s – rising from a total sector valuation of around $9 million in 2012, to a predicted valuation of around $1.09 billion by 2027.1
This growth has spurred interest from traders and investors alike, who are looking to capitalise on the future possibilities and developments made in the graphene sector – many of which will hopefully be made by the companies listed here.
Top graphene stocks summed up
- Graphene is a structurally different form of carbon that has a range of applications in the aerospace, automotive, medical, energy, and printing industries
- The industry is expected to experience rapid expansion throughout the 2020s
- There aren’t many publicly traded graphene companies out there at the moment, but that could change in the next few years – assuming the industry expands
- You can trade or invest in graphene stocks with us
- Trading is made possible with derivatives like CFDs
1 Statista, 2021
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