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FORMAX and Imperial College collaborate to develop novel binding technology for carbon composites

News International-French

6 Mar 2012

[UK Focus] FORMAX, a leading global manufacturer of carbon fibre and speciality reinforcements, has formed an exciting research collaboration with the Polymer and Composite Engineering (PaCE) group based at Imperial College in London.

The project will focus on developing the technology of short and long fibre composites in the form of a novel binding chemistry. The findings will improve the processability of carbon preforms for RTM and infusion techniques, but most importantly enhance the mechanical performance of the finished carbon composite.


FORMAX’s Research and Development Team are working closely with PaCE members Professor Alexander Bismark and Dr Koon-Yang Lee. PaCE is a multidisciplinary research group, bridging the gap between chemistry, materials science, processing and engineering applications. This recent collaboration with PaCE is possible as a result of FORMAX obtaining two funding streams from Imperial College - the Knowledge Transfer Secondment (KTS) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).


“We are immensely proud to be affiliated with such an accredited research group at Imperial College. By working closely with the PaCE team, FORMAX will continue to pursue and deliver high quality and innovative bespoke reinforcements”, comments Oliver Wessely, Managing Director of FORMAX.


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