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Graphene based thermoplastic masterbatches for conventional and additive manufacturing processes

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.
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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)

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PHILIPS CONSUMER LIFESTYLE BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 262 600

IMERYS GRAPHITE & CARBON SWITZERLAND SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 285 465,60

ROCHLING AUTOMOTIVE AG & CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 148 200

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 366 602

Rolls-Royce Goodrich Engine Control Systems Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 24 258,58

TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 481 571

PROMOLDING BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 337 016

AVANZARE INNOVACION TECNOLOGICA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 313 451,40

MB PROTO SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 259 213,80

INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 412 055

CREATE IT REAL APS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 260 400

LATI INDUSTRIA TERMOPLASTI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 207 573

LEGO SYSTEM AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 103 802,76

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 285718

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2011

  • End date

    30 November 2015

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 253 514,31

  • EU contribution

    € 4 199 974

Coordinated by:

NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED

United Kingdom