The EU is currently directing intensive research efforts into nanotechnology. Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs), with the electrical conductivity of copper and an E-modulus 10 times greater than steel, are one of the most promising developments, enabling the creation of materials with revolutionary characteristics. The commercial potential is huge, but only a fraction of the possible applications have reached the market. Collaboration is needed between academia and industry, so that processes developed on a laboratory scale can be upscaled for industrial application. This consortium, which achieves an optimal balance between academia and industry (50:50) in the field of CNTs, and which spans the entire value added chain from CNT synthesis to implementation in saleable products, is convinced that the 576 person-months spent on this project will achieve this aim. 18 researchers, in unique collaboration with cutting-edge teams, will work to overcome recognised limitations in the state of the art, including the adjustment of CNT surface properties, CNT dispersion in thermosets and thermoplastics, reliable analysis and characterisation. Carefully structured networking will ensure the efficient exchange of knowledge between researchers, the partners and society. Focus on 3 specific end-use applications (construction, wind blades, electrodes) will ensure quantifiable and tangible results. The predicted growth of nanotechnology can only be sustained through the education of scientists. The vast teaching experience of the partners will ensure a high-quality training program. Through mentoring by world-class researchers, conferences, courses ranging from leadership for women to presentation skills, interdisciplinary and intersectoral experience, the appointed researchers will gain scientific know-how and the complementary skills necessary to exploit it. The S&T and training elements will combine to form a structured program, adaptable to each researcher's needs.
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