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Nanostructured Toughened Hybrid Nanocomposites for High Performance Applications

Objective

Motivation: Nanocomposites are emerging new materials that promise improved properties. Their applicability, however, is presently limited by the cost of manufacture and product reproducibility. Literature shows that on the bench scale, dramatic improvement in polyolefin mechanical properties can be obtained by intercalation and exfoliation of nanoparticles in the matrix. However, when materials produced using conventional equipment are tested, their performance does not meet expectations nor live up to the claims (eg. the impact strength too low). Project Goals: To remove technical barriers to producing high performance polymer nanocomposites on the industrial scale, fundamental insight into the dispersion of particles within the matrix is needed. The goal of this project is to gain this insight through a series of carefully designed studies, using the most advanced experimental techniques, theoretical modeling, carried out by very experienced and skilled partners working together in a targeted and interdisciplinary fashion. The basic objective is to obtain a deeper understanding of the interfacial structure of nanocomposites within a polyolefin matrix. This knowledge will enable realization of the great performance potential of these materials through development of novel multiphase and hybrid nanocomposites. This knowledge will facilitate commercialization of polymer nanocomposite materials with superior properties that will lead to development of new products. To meet this objective, we aim to improve the stiffness of polyolefin nanocomposites while not only maintaining but also improving the toughness of the matrix considerably. The technological objective is to optimize and, through novel interface design, to develop new cost efficient hybrid (nanofiller–fiber) nanocomposites as an alternative to heavily filled polymers and expensive engineering polymers and fulfil industry requirements for high performance materials in high tech applications.

Field of science

  • /humanities/languages and literature/literature - general
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/nanocomposites
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particles

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2007-LARGE-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 139 004
Administrative Contact
Anne Bock (Ms.)

Participants (10)

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE DEZVOLTARE PENTRU CHIMIE SI PETROCHIMIE ICECHIM
Romania
EU contribution
€ 454 483
Address
Splaiul Independentei 202 Sector 6
060021 Bucuresti
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Emil Buzdugan (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 206 880
Address
Mittelweg 177
20148 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gisela Neve (Ms.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 844 796
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Etchells Vigild (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 165 080
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Isa Traverso (Dr.)
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
EU contribution
€ 354 936
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Arnaud Helleux (Mr.)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 348 799
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Massimo Casali (Dr.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 707 119
Address
Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne-Lise Høg Lejre (Mrs.)
LAVIOSA CHIMICA MINERARIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 122 100
Address
Via Leonardo Da Vinci 21
57123 Livorno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maurizio Curina (Mr.)
FPK, SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 564 120
Address
Pol Ugaldeguren Ii P 10 Ii .
48170 Zamudio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marta Amo Martinez (Ms.)
AVIOSPACE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 181 683
Address
Via Giovanni Botero 18
10122 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Claudio Soffietti (Dr.)