PolyCond address the needs of the European plastic converters, a traditional less RTD intensive sector mainly composed of SMEs (>99%) through an ambitious multidisciplinary approach to develop new, radically innovative knowledge-based & sustainabl e products & services for protection against the affects of Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) & Electrostatic Discharge (ESD). This will be achieved by the development of conductive plastic composites that are eco-friendly, cost effective & with high added value. Research is based on blends of engineering polymers & Inherently Conductive Polymers (ICPs) with improved conductivity or hybrid systems of ICPs with conductive nanotubes. Innovative eco-efficient processing based on CO2 ass isted technologies specifically tailored to the new materials will also be developed. Although there is existing research on ICPs; with the knowledge & technologies presently available (materials & processing) it is impossible to fulfil the deman ding properties required to replace metals in EMI shielding applications. PolyCond will dramatically extend the current performance & processability of ICPs to replace metals in EMI shielding & ESD protection applications. The main barriers to overcome are: Low conductivity of existing melt processable ICPs Temperature sensitivity of existing melt processable ICPs Compatibility & dispersion problems of conductive nanofillers in complex matrixes PolyCond's approach will give: Plastic comp onents with embedded EMI shielding functionality Weight reduction of at least 60% Total cost reduction of shielding components approaching 90% Production time reduction of 80% improving productivity PolyCond benefits plastic processors in the EU, devel oping new technologies addressing key long-term problems with permanent impact. A multidisciplinary & integrated approach includes technology transfer & training activities mobilising EU & Regional funding.
- FP6-NMP - Nanotechnologies and nanosciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new production processes and devices: thematic priority 3 under the 'Focusing and integrating community research' of the 'Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area' specific programme 2002-2006.
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