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Integrated nanocomposites for thermal and kinetic energy harvesting

Project description

Multifunctional composite materials with energy harvesting capabilities

The EU-funded INTAKE project represents an international multidisciplinary research and training programme that brings together experts in engineering, physics and social science with a focus on energy harvesting, nanomaterials, micro/nanotechnology, functional composites, manufacturing and socioeconomic development. The programme's innovative vision is to bring in the next generation of hybrid energy harvesting nanocomposites, integrated into lightweight and ultra-strong structural composites at the nanoscopic level. The resulting smart, multifunctional composite materials will provide socioeconomic benefits, improving productivity and safety while reducing operating costs and carbon footprint. The programme will train the next generation of creative and socially responsible young researchers for the European innovation sectors.

Objective

INTAKE (integrated nanocomposites for thermal and kinetic energy harvesting) is an inter/multidisciplinary research focused exchange and training programme that brings together researchers from various disciplines (engineering, physics and social science) with expertise spanning across energy harvesting, nanomaterials, micro/nanotechnology, functional composites, manufacturing and socioeconomic development. The network is specifically designed to foster an inter/multidisciplinary outlook in order to embed socioeconomic awareness and sustainability considerations within the research culture.

INTAKE’s innovation vision aims to achieve a step change towards the next generation of hybrid energy harvesting nanocomposites, which can be integrated into lightweight and ultra-strong structural composites at the nanoscopic level. This would infuse composite laminates with inherent intelligent functionalities (such as energy harvesting, sensing and wireless communication), without noticeable alterations or adverse effects to the macroscopic structural properties. The resulting smart multifunctional composite material will have immense socioeconomic benefits to Europe and the world, as it can help to improve productivity and safety, while reducing operating costs and carbon footprint. This can then serve as a fundamental building block for numerous future engineering systems across the transport, energy, medical, space, utilities and infrastructure sectors.

INTAKE consists of 4 European partners (in the UK, Hungary and Poland) and 4 Asian partners (in China and Japan). The network will help nurture the next generation of creative, highly skilled and socially responsible young researchers for the European innovation sectors. INTAKE will forge a mutually beneficial collaboration platform for energy harvesting, composites and nanotechnology researchers between Europe and Asia, which can be morphed into a worldwide network in the long-term.

Coordinator

ASTON UNIVERSITY
Net EU contribution
€ 211 600,00
Address
ASTON TRIANGLE
B4 7ET Birmingham
United Kingdom

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Region
West Midlands (England) West Midlands Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 271 400,00

Participants (4)

Partners (4)