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Up-Scaled Production of Graphene Reinforced Thermosetting Polymers for Composite, Coating and Adhesive Applications

Objective

The concept of PolyGraph is to develop new production techniques which will deliver industrial-scale quantities of graphene-reinforced thermosetting polymers, suitable for use in a number of key applications where improvements are needed in the strength, stiffness, toughness, electrical conductivity and thermal properties; such as fibre-reinforced composite resins, coatings and adhesives.

The ultimate aim of PolyGraph is to develop a process in which graphene can be produced and dispersed “in-situ” within thermosetting polymer resins, using relatively inexpensive expanded graphite as a starting material.
We propose a staged approach to reach this ambitious goal, starting with production of graphene via new chemical and mechano-chemical methods and its subsequent dispersion in thermosetting resins. We will then further develop and modify existing mixing and dispersion equipment to enable the exfoliation of expanded graphite to be carried out directly in thermosetting resins. A further aim is to optimise techniques for the production of fibre-reinforced composites, adhesives and coatings, to ensure that the graphene remains well distributed in the final part.

As a result, we will significantly lower the overall cost of these materials and make them viable for use in the composites, coatings and adhesives industries.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2013-LARGE-7
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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
€ 762 372

Participants (13)

IMERYS GRAPHITE & CARBON SWITZERLAND SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 262 018,50
Address
Strada Industriale
6743 Bodio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 275 461,50
Address
Warwick House Farnborough Aerospace Centre
GU14 6YU Farnborough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AVANZARE INNOVACION TECNOLOGICA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 316 860
Address
Avenida Lentiscares 4 6
26370 Navarrete
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
YTRON Process Technology GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 291 360
Address
Am Anger 25
83233 Bernau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 579 880
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SAIREM SOCIETE POUR L APPLICATION INDUSTRIELLE DE LA RECHERCHE EN ELECTRONIQUE ET MICRO ONDES SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 237 520
Address
Porte Du Grand Lyon 12
01700 Neyron Miribel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ROBNOR RESINS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 151 360
Address
Hunts Rise - Robnor Resins - South Marston Park
SN 3 4 TE Swindon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NETZSCH FEINMAHLTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 264 244,80
Address
Sedanstrasse 70
95100 Selb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 541 645
Address
327 Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 341 700
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 349 747,50
Address
Brinellgatan 4
501 15 Boras
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 408 911,40
Address
Research Avenue North, Riccarton 45
EH14 4AP Edinburgh
Activity type
Research Organisations
HMG Paints Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 248 083,30
Address
Riverside Works
M40 7RU Manchester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)