Composites & Coatings
The next generation of composites and coatings can be enhanced by graphene. Its excellent strength, conductivity, flexibility, light weight nature and barrier properties are useful for a wide range of applications. From anti-static and anti-corrosion coatings through to ultra-strong and ultra-lightweight composites, graphene can not only enhance the performance of current materials, but also enable new application fields.
Graphene and related 2D materials have attracted substantial investment and resources over the last decade for their development into the next generation of composite materials. This is due to the potential of these nanomaterials to act as reinforcing additives capable of simultaneously imparting significant mechanical property enhancements as well as embedding multi-functional benefits on the host matrix.
Nathan Feddy, Business Developer for composites applications for the Graphene Flagship
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Nathan Feddy is the business developer for composites applications for the Graphene Flagship. Feddy gained key experience in the financial and nanotechnology consultancy sectors prior to joining the team at The University of Manchester’s state-of-the-art Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC). He has worked with several high-profile companies to incorporate graphene into their composite materials/products, to provide multi-faceted performance improvements and additional enhancements. Feddy now offers his thoughts on the current state of of graphene in composites applications.
The Graphene Flagship identified the strategic advantages of integrating graphene into fibre composites, used to build planes and cars.
Graphene Flagship partners the University of Bologna, Politecnico di Milano, CNR, NEST, Italcementi HeidelbergCement Group, the Israel Institute of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, and the University of Cambridge have developed a graphene-titania photocatalyst that degrades up to 70% more atmospheric nitrogen oxides (NOx) than standard titania nanoparticles in tests on real pollutants.