Navigation Links
Using nanotechnology to create high-performance materials
Date:7/22/2008

This release is available in German.

The polymer researchers at the GKSS Research Centre in Geesthacht (Germany) expected about 30 scientists to attend the kick-off meeting of the new EU project HARCANA (High Aspect Ratio for Carbon-based Nanocomposites). New kinds of plastic-based nanocomposites could be used to develop lightweight materials that would increase the mechanical stability of materials and add electrical or magnetic properties, for example.

The European Commission is providing approximately 5 million in funding for the project, including more than 1.05 million earmarked directly for the Helmholtz researchers at GKSS. The project is being coordinated from Geesthacht by the director of the Institute of Polymer Research, Prof. Volker Abetz. "One of the aims of our first meeting will be to discuss the current state of materials development and the steps that need to be taken, especially with regard to the materials' subsequent applications," says Abetz. Because the new composites do not build up an electrostatic charge and are electrical conductors, they could be used for petrol fuel lines in automobiles, for example, as well as for special packaging materials and membranes.

The HARCANA project is run by a consortium of 11 partners, including the renowned University of Lige in Belgium, the French engineering school ESPCI (cole suprieure de physique et de chimie industrielles de la ville de Paris), the CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientficas, Spain's largest public research institute) and the industrial partners Deutsche Borsig GmbH and GMT Membranetechnik GmbH (GMT).

Carbon nanotubes research in Geesthacht

The HARCANA project is organized into 11 work packages, including one headed by GKSS researcher Dr. Adriana Boschetti-de-Fierro. The scientist is investigating materials such as carbon nanotubes, which generally have walls only a few carbon atoms thick. Carbon nanotubes are a recent development with unique properties, one of the most notable being the new material's conductivity. In addition, carbon nanotubes help to increase the strength, rigidity and break resistance of plastic. Although carbon nanotubes are 20 times stronger than steel, they are as light as aluminium.

Boschetti-de-Fierro points out, however, that despite the current euphoria, "composites with carbon nanotubes are still under development. One of the issues we are currently looking into is how to distribute these nanofibres evenly in the plastic at the molecular level." This is difficult because nanotubes tend to stick to one another and clump together. At present, this clumping makes the new material rapidly lose its special properties.


'/>"/>

Contact: Heidrun Hillen
heidrun.hillen@gkss.de
49-041-528-71648
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology technology :

1. Novare Announces First Ever Single Port Laparoscopic Kidney Removal (Nephrectomy) Using RealHand(TM) HD Instruments
2. Six UK Hospitals Join Together in Using Varian Medical Oncology Information Network
3. Alba Therapeutics Announces IND for Beta Cell Preservation in Type 1 Diabetes Using AT-1001
4. Baxter and Halozyme Announce Collaboration for Development of Subcutaneous GAMMAGARD LIQUID(TM) Administration Using Enhanze(TM) Technology
5. Using catalysts to stamp nanopatterns without ink
6. Video: Trinity Mother Frances Neurosurgeon Using New Disc System for Patients With Degenerative Diseases of the Neck
7. ASU researchers improve memory devices using nanotech
8. Video: New Survey Finds Technology Plays a Critical Role in Lives of People with Multiple Sclerosis, Yet Many Are Not Using it to Overcome Disease-Related Challenges
9. Salugens Award-Winning Research on Using DNA Information to Customize Nutritional Supplementation for Weight Loss Presented at the Second Annual Bruce Ames International Symposium on Nutritional Genomics at the University of California, Davis
10. BioLife Solutions Outsourcing Manufacturing, Warehousing, and Order Fulfillment to Bioserv Corporation
11. Using nanotech to make Robocops
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/26/2016)... Francisco, CA (PRWEB) , ... April 26, 2016 , ... ... division for Adecco RPO, signing the first multi-million dollar, multi-year managed services contract in ... delighted to have Michael join our leadership team,” said John Younger, founder of Accolo. ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... ... ... BioFactura, Inc ., a biopharmaceutical research and manufacturing company, announced today the ... significant oversubscription of the original $1.5M target. The funds will be used to ... , Chief Executive Officer and President, Darryl Sampey founded BioFactura in 2004 ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... , VIENNA and ... The prize recognizes the ... resulting revolutionary innovations that will benefit patients and ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160210/331945LOGO ) , Norma ... proprietary trend setting products in the field of ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... ... April 26, 2016 , ... The Institute for Venture ... round of pre-proposal competition for scientific grants. , The IVS funds promising ideas ... the highest potential to replace paradigms that have outlived their usefulness. All areas ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:4/15/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the ...  report to their offering.  ,      ... gait biometrics market is expected to grow at ... Gait analysis generates multiple variables such ... compute factors that are not or cannot be ...
(Date:4/13/2016)... 2016  IMPOWER physicians supporting Medicaid patients in ... clinical standard in telehealth thanks to a new partnership ... platform, IMPOWER patients can routinely track key health measurements, ... index, and, when they opt in, share them with ... a local retail location at no cost. By leveraging ...
(Date:3/31/2016)... 2016  Genomics firm Nabsys has completed a financial ... Bready , M.D., who returned to the company in ... leadership team, including Chief Technology Officer, John Oliver ... Nurnberg and Vice President of Software and Informatics, ... Dr. Bready served as CEO of Nabsys from ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):