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Graphene-reinforced polymers for lightweight composites

News International-French

10 Feb 2012

NanoMaster is a recently launched EU Framework 7 Project whose aims are to reduce the amount of plastic used to make a component by up to 50% and hence reduce component weight by up to 50% whilst simultaneously imparting electrical and thermal functionality.

This will be achieved by developing the next generation of graphene-reinforced nano-intermediate that can be used in existing high-throughput plastic component production processes.

Graphene reinforced polymers have been demonstrated at lab scale in both Europe and the USA, and it has been shown that very low loadings of graphene can have a dramatic impact on the mechanical and physical properties of the polymers it is added to. The concept for this project is to develop the knowledge-based processing methods required to up-scale the production of graphene and expanded graphite reinforced thermoplastic masterbatches and compounds and, ultimately, enable its industrial commercialisation in Europe. The work will focus on developing processes for large scale rapid production of graphene reinforced plastic intermediate materials which can be integrated into current conventional and additive manufacturing processes.

NetComposites will be available at stand C19 at the JEC show in Paris, 27th – 29th March 2012.


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