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Graphene based thermoplastic masterbatches for conventional and additive manufacturing processes

Objective

The aims of the NanoMaster project are to reduce the amount of plastic used to make a component by 50% and hence reduce component weight by 50%, at the same time as imparting electrical and thermal functionality. This will be achieved by developing the next generation of graphene-reinforced nano-intermediate that can be used in existing high-throughput plastic component production processes.
Graphene reinforced polymers have been demonstrated at lab scale in both Europe and the USA, and it has been shown that very low loadings of graphene can have a dramatic impact on the mechanical and physical properties of the polymers it is added to. However, industrial compounding processes have only so far been developed in the United States, where Ovation Polymers are already offering graphene thermoplastic masterbatches and compounds based on graphene from XG Sciences.
The concept for this project is to develop the knowledge-based processing methods required to up-scale the production of graphene and expanded graphite reinforced thermoplastic masterbatches and compounds and, ultimately, enable its industrial commercialisation in Europe. The work will focus on developing processes for large scale rapid production of graphene reinforced plastic intermediate materials which can be integrated into current conventional and additive manufacturing processes.
Successful development of these materials and processes will have a significant effect on the amount of polymer that needs to be used in a component to meet its performance criteria, and on the ability of plastic mouldings to delivery significantly enhanced functionality. These breakthroughs will open the door to a vast range of applications enabling the benefits to be exploited throughout Europe and beyond. They will also help to place European companies in a position to exploit the rapidly growing markets in the US and Asia-Pacific.

Call for proposal

FP7-2011-NMP-ICT-FoF
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED
Address
Bridge Way 4A Broom Business Park
S41 9QG Chesterfield
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 737 764,86
Administrative Contact
Ben Hargreaves (Dr.)

Participants (13)

PHILIPS CONSUMER LIFESTYLE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 262 600
Address
High Tech Campus 5
5656 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Keur (Mr.)
IMERYS GRAPHITE & CARBON SWITZERLAND SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 285 465,60
Address
Strada Industriale
6743 Bodio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Spahr (Dr.)
ROCHLING AUTOMOTIVE AG & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 148 200
Address
Richrad-wagner Strasse 9
68165 Mannheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francesca Brunori (Ms.)
AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 366 602
Address
Calle Gustave Eiffel 4 Parque Tecnologico De Paterna
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Jose Moreto Badia (Ms.)
Rolls-Royce Goodrich Engine Control Systems Limited

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 24 258,58
Address
Moor Lane
DE24 8BJ Derby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Terry Hirst (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 481 571
Address
Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Olivier Jay (Mr.)
PROMOLDING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 337 016
Address
Laan Van Ypenburg 108
2497 GC Den Haag
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Vlasveld (Dr.)
AVANZARE INNOVACION TECNOLOGICA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 313 451,40
Address
Avenida Lentiscares 4 6
26370 Navarrete
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Javier Gomez (Mr.)
VOLUM-E
France
EU contribution
€ 259 213,80
Address
Rue De La Fonderie 1
76340 Blangy Sur Bresle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eric Baustert (Mr.)
INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 412 055
Address
Research Avenue North, Riccarton 45
EH14 4AP Edinburgh
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Susy Scarisbrick (Ms.)
CREATE IT REAL APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 260 400
Address
Goettrupvej 66
9220 Aalborg Ost
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jeremie Pierre Gay (Mr.)
LATI INDUSTRIA TERMOPLASTI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 207 573
Address
Francesco Baracca 7
21040 Vedano Olona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Loredana Mercante (Dr.)
LEGO SYSTEM AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 103 802,76
Address
Aastvej 1
7190 Billund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thrane Nygaard Gitte (Ms.)