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Best practice and learnings from the Graphene and CNT community

Best practice and learnings from the Graphene and CNT community

September 8th - 17:00-18:30



Moderators of the session: Dr. Helmut Meyer, Astrid Lang

With their outstanding mechanical and electrical properties, graphene and two-dimensional materials offer a new playground for a wide variety of applications, for example in batteries and microelectronics. Well-known research institutes and companies are investing in these and other potential application sectors of such ultra-thin carbon layers, but the technology is still in its infancy.

The session "Best practice and learnings from the graphene and CNT community" will highlight the cross-cluster work of the Cluster Nanotechnology with its Network NanoCarbon and Cluster New Materials. Industrial partners will demonstrate current and future requirements of nanocarbon materials as well as industrial applications of carbon nanotubes.

17:00 - 17:20

Lecture 1: Cluster Nanotechnology and Cluster New Materials – Activities and Cooperation

Dr. Helmut Meyer, Network Manager, Network NanoCarbon, Würzburg
Astrid Lang, Project Manager Technology Cluster New Materials, Bayern Innovativ GmbH, Nuremberg


The New Materials Cluster is the Bavaria-wide information, communication and technology platform in the field of new materials.

The Cluster Nanotechnology networks nanotechnology competencies from business, science, politics and education.

Both clusters have very similar goals with their work. With a Cross-Cluster cooperation of the Nanotechnology and New Materials Cluster, a broader networking of experts is possible, innovations can be driven forward in a more targeted manner and added value can be generated for all cluster partners.


Cluster Nanotechnology: Cluster Nanotechnologie (nanoinitiative-bayern.de)


17:20 - 17:40

Lecture 2: Network NanoCarbon - a network for innovative nanocarbon products

Dr. Helmut Meyer, Network Manager, Network NanoCarbon, Würzburg


The Network NanoCarbon was founded in 2013 as follow-up of the Innovation Alliance Inno.CNT, in order to transform the results of many successful R&D projects of the innovation alliance into marketable products. Today, the international Network NanoCarbon consists of 21 members from 9 countries worldwide and fosters new chances and joint developments for world wide commercialization of nanocarbon products.



17:40 - 18:00

Lecture 3: Materials in Aerospace - key challenges and requirements

Dr. Christian Weimer, Head of Materials, Central Research & Technology, Airbus, Taufkirchen


Future challenges on materials technologies coming e.g. from decarbonizing aviation targets, UN sustainable development goals or from evolving product portfolios are magnifold. Furthermore, digitalization plays a central role in future materials and associated processing technologies. The presentation will give an overview and discuss current and future requirements focusing on sustainability, efficiency and multi-functionality of materials and their application. A perspective for nanocarbon materials will be reflected.



18:00 - 18:20

Lecture 4: Introducing carbon nanotubes into the industrial market: an example from Nanocyl

Carla Sottili, Business unit manager Polymers at Nanocyl SA,  Nanocyl SA., Sambreville, Belgium


More than 70 years separate the discovery of carbon nanotubes by L. V. Radushkevich et V. M. Lukyanovich in a context of cold war and the extensive use of carbon nanotubes in industrial applications.

This is not an unusual delay for the transition from discovery of such exceptional structures to everyday’s use. Carbon nanotubes have outstanding properties that led sometimes to strange claims. Nevertheless, extensive research on how to industrially synthetize and how to use nanotubes’ properties lead to the development of materials that are today part of our common life: conductive plastics for the automotive industry, composites with high mechanical resistance for aeronautics, sensors, modified rubbers for increased fatigue resistance and many other.

In its 20 years existence, Nanocyl has played a major role in these developments, to become a leader in the carbon nanotubes world.





Summary and Outlook

Dr. Helmut Meyer, Astrid Lang