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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.
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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

€ 762 372

Participants (13)

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IMERYS GRAPHITE & CARBON SWITZERLAND SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 262 018,50

BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 275 461,50

AVANZARE INNOVACION TECNOLOGICA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 316 860

YTRON Process Technology GmbH & Co. KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 291 360

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 579 880

SAIREM SOCIETE POUR L APPLICATION INDUSTRIELLE DE LA RECHERCHE EN ELECTRONIQUE ET MICRO ONDES SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 237 520

ROBNOR RESINS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 151 360

NETZSCH FEINMAHLTECHNIK GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 264 244,80

QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 541 645

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 341 700

RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 349 747,50

INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 408 911,40

HMG Paints Ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 248 083,30

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 604143

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2013

  • End date

    31 October 2017

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 200 350,40

  • EU contribution

    € 5 031 164

Coordinated by:

NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED

United Kingdom

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