High aspect ratio carbon-based nanoparticles (nanotubes (CNT), nanofibres (CNF), and nanosheets or exfoliated graphite (CNS)) will be introduced into bulk polymers, into polymeric foams and into membranes. It is expected that such nanofillers will tremendously improve and modify the properties of these families of materials, allowing them to reach new markets. However, a common and fundamental problem in polymer-based nanocomposites is the large extent of agglomeration of the nanoparticles due to their high surface to volume ratio. Therefore, techniques to control deagglomeration and possibly further organization of these high aspect ratio nanoparticles in polymeric materials remain a challenge.
This project under industrial leadership will therefore aim at mastering, at the nanometric and mesoscale level, the spatial organization of carbon-based nanoparticles (CNP) with various surface functionalities, sizes and shapes having large aspect ratios in bulk, foamed and thin film (membranes) polymers by using industrially viable processes. More precisely, the aim of this proposal consists in generating polymer-based nanocomposites with a percolating nanoparticle structure that is reinforcing the material and imparts it with improved electrical and thermal conductivity at a minimum of nanoparticle loading.
Start Date: 01.07.2008 End Date: 30.06.2012 EU Contribution: 5.44 Mio. Euro Total Costs: 7.39 Mio. Euro Funding Scheme: no contract type Administrative Contact Person: Dr Hans-Jörg Isemer, isemer(at)gkss.de Scientific Coordinator: Prof. Dr Volker Abetz, Volker.Abetz(at)gkss.de Project Website:http://www.harcana.eu/
Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, Germany
Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris, France
Inergy Automotive Systems Research SA, Belgium
Materia Nova, Belgium
Borsig Membrane Technology GmbH, Germany
Institutul Naţional de Cercetare – Dezvoltare pentru Chimie si Petrochimie - ICECHIM Bucuresti, Romania
Emerson & Cuming Microwave Products, Belgium
Future Carbon GmbH, Germany
GMT Membrantechnik GmbH, Germany
Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain