GrollTex is a high-tech UCSD spin-off originating from the Nanoengineering department. The long-awaited technology developed here allows local, waste-free industrial production of large-area graphene (the "hottest" and the most expensive material currently in existence) at a price that is 240,000 lower than the current market price. This will allow the emergence of thousands of new applications (>7,000 graphene related patents are pending) that are waiting for the large-scale production of this material, including printable solar cells, flexible displays, ultra-fast processors, gas separation membranes and myriads more.
GrollTex technology has been rigorously reviewed by the Department of Energy and awarded the SoCal Clean Energy Acceleration Program Award ($45,000 + mentorship) in 2013 as well as won the first and the audience prizes in the UCSD Entrepreneurship Challenge ($20,000 and $1,000 + $20,000 in DLA Piper legal services). Combined, the awards allowed GrollTex to build the proof-of-concept graphene reactor and precipitated the company's organic growth. By 2016, GrollTex will be the world's leading producer of single-layer graphene, supplying more than 5 million square meters of the material annually and growing in geometric progression.