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Ultra Conductive Copper-Carbon Nanotube Wire

Objective

The most common traditional materials used in electrical energy distribution systems are copper and copper alloys. Modern applications show an increasing demand for better heat and electric current carrying capacity at the level beyond copper base materials. Nanocarbon materials, such as carbon nanotubes and graphene have attracted attention due to their high electrical, thermal conductivity and exceptional mechanical properties.
It would appear that combining copper with high performance nanocarbons towards composite materials could offer immediate solution to problems encountered currently. Copper nanocarbon composites could form the next generation of conductors, where copper contributes the benefits of electrical conductivity, whereas nanocarbon brings to this composite its low weight, flexibility, mechanical reinforcement and thermal management. Recent breakthrough in the chirality control of carbon nanotubes could contribute significantly to the electrical conductivity of these composite materials beyond the performance achieved by bulk copper conductors.
The material and process costs required to achieve improvement of the overall performance of copper based electrical conductors, need to be compatible with large scale conductor manufacturing and overcome the issues such as the cost of the nanocarbons and the difficulty of scaling up the production processes.
This proposal is aimed at developing a copper nanocarbon composite with significantly improved overall properties, including electrical, thermal and mechanical performances over bulk copper. The proposal also aims to develop production process that will be scalable to large volume manufacture. A key breakthrough will be the development/modification of the continuous carbon nanotube fibre process originating from Cambridge University for copper composite production, an inherently larger volume process for the production of carbon nanotube with high degree of structural control and molecular orientation.

Call for proposal

FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FOF(RTD)
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Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 058 710
Administrative Contact
Renata Schaeffer (Ms.)

Participants (13)

OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 156 960
Address
Rauhalanpuisto 9
02230 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ari Jokilaakso (Dr.)
NATIONAL GRID ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 68 310
Address
The Strand 1-3
WC2N 5EH London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adam Green (Mr.)
AURUBIS BELGIUM SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 223 320
Address
Watertorenstraat 35
2250 Olen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Catherine Daoust (Ms.)
AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 303 716
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Olof Forsen (Prof.)
CAMBRIDGE NANOMATERIALS TECHNOLOGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 120 370
Address
Orchard Way, Lower Cambourne 14
CB23 5BN Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bojan Boskovic (Dr.)
NEXANS FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 353 890
Address
4 Allee De L'arche
92400 Courbevoie
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francis Debladis (Mr.)
AKADEMIA GORNICZO-HUTNICZA IM. STANISLAWA STASZICA W KRAKOWIE
Poland
EU contribution
€ 372 400
Address
Al Adama Mickiewicza 30
30-059 Krakow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tadeusz Knych (Prof.)
KME SPECIAL PRODUCTS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 106 002
Address
Klosterstrasse 29
49074 Osnabruck
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sven Rampelmann (Mr.)
INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 249 654
Address
Research Avenue North, Riccarton 45
EH14 4AP Edinburgh
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Research Organisations
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Susan Makari (Ms.)
PSA AUTOMOBILES SA
France
EU contribution
€ 37 232
Address
2/10 Boulevard De L'europe
78300 Poissy
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sandrine Dupre (Mrs.)
WIELAND-WERKE AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 104 750
Address
Graf-arco-strasse 36
89079 Ulm
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pedro E. Mayser (Mr.)
SPHERA SOLUTIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 56 253
Address
Hauptstrasse 111-113
70771 Leinfelden-echterdingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Siegrun Kittelberger (Ms.)
INVRO LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 87 000
Address
62/64 Northumbria Drive Henleaze
BS9 4HW Bristol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Duncan Grant (Dr.)