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Boeing selects local start-up to advance nanomaterial proof of concept

Credit: Boeing. Lea Diffey deputy director-general, Innovation, Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport; Lieuwke de Jong, managing director, White Graphene; Sisi Jin - Strategy analyst, Aerospace Xelerated; and Heidi Hauf - Boeing Regional Sustainability lead, APAC.

White Graphene has been selected under the Boeing and Queensland government-backed Aerospace Xelerated Pitch program to advance their advanced nanomaterials proof of concept, described as lighter and stronger than steel.

The Queensland-based company will receive up to $100,000, having successfully pitched their nanomaterial solutions during the program, topping the six-team competition.

The nanomaterial developed by the company is described as four times lighter and 138 times stronger than steel.

According to the company, the White Graphene material will be able to overcome a series of sustainability issues in space across health, energy, and protection from radiation.


Already, nanomaterials have been leveraged to provide support and protection to both astronauts and spacecraft, with Boeing expecting additional benefits to emerge in the future both on Earth and in orbit.

“We’re eager to work with local companies who are exploring the use of radically new materials that have eco-friendly properties,” Heidi Hauf, Boeing Regional Sustainability lead APAC, said.

“Innovations we learn in space can have applications to our sustainability practices here on Earth, so we can’t wait to see how White Graphene advances their proof of concept with both our local and US-based space teams.”

The program is currently in its third year.


The Aerospace Xelerated Pitch is hosted by Boeing and Advance Queensland, helping local businesses gain essential insight into the space industry.

“Supporting Queensland start-ups to find global investors to develop world-changing ideas and Queensland’s jobs of the future is exactly what our Advance Queensland initiative is all about,” Queensland’s Minister for Innovation, Stirling Hinchliffe, said.

“Boeing’s interest in White Graphene’s advanced nanomaterial, which is four times lighter than steel but 138 times stronger, could be an important first step in creating revolutionary, made in Queensland technology.”

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