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Carbon Nanotubes for Applications in Electronics, Catalysis, Composites and Nano-Biology

Objective

A major limitation on the application of the unique properties of carbon nanotubes has been their high cost and lack of availability. This IP brings together leading laboratories and companies within Europe to produce nanotubes on a bulk scale of ultimately tons per year. The large-scale growth of carbon nanotubes will be developed by chemical vapour deposition (CVD). The applications in electronics as interconnects and vias for integrated circuits, for field effect transistors, and spin coherent transport will be developed. Field emission will be developed further for use in microwave amplifiers and micron scale x-ray sources. Electronic applications will be enabled by controlled growth in plasma enhanced CVD and thermal CVD. Multi-wall CNTs will be used as a catalyst in large-scale chemical reactions such as the dehydrogenation of ethyl benzene to styrene. Control of the nanotube internal orientation to give the herring bone microstructure is needed for catalysis, as plane edges are catalytically active. Fictionalisation of CNTs will be extended, in order to improve the performance of structural, electrically conducting and thermally conducting nanotube-polymer composites. Dispersion of nanotubes at high loading will be achieved in polymers to obtain high strength composites. Nanotubes are known to act as high energy density actuators, or 'artificial muscles'. Nanobiological devices will be fabricated based on self-assembly and molecular absorption. A toxicological study of CNTs particularly with respect to possible health hazards will be carried out, and nanotube/polymer composites will be tested for biocompatibility. Public acceptance of nanomaterials and nanotechnology will be encouraged by publicity and poling. Training, workshops and conferences will be held, and to promote technology transfer from universities and research institutes to companies. SMEs will be dominant in the CVD, catalysis and composite applications

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-NMP-1
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Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Address
The Old Schools, Trinity Lane
Cambridge
United Kingdom

Participants (13)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
Roma
CRIF-WALLONIE
Belgium
Address
Parc Scientifique Du Sart Tilman A La Cense Rouge, Rue Du Bois St-jean, 12
Seraing
DARMSTADT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Germany
Address
Karolinenplatz 5
Darmstadt
HITACHI EUROPE LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Whitebrook Pk, Lower Cookham Rd
Maidenhead
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
Imperial College Rd
London
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V
Germany
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
Muenchen
NANOSCAPE AG
Germany
Address
Frankfurter Ring 193A
Munich
STMICROELECTRONICS SRL
Italy
Address
Via C. Olivetti 2
Agrate Brianza
SWISS FEDERAL LABORATORIES FOR MATERIALS TESTING AND RESEARCH
Switzerland
Address
Uberlandstrasse 129
Dubendorf
THALES
France
Address
45 Rue De Villiers
Neuilly-sur-seine
THOMAS SWAN & CO LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Crookhall
Consett
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE - CENTRE SPATIAL DE LIEGE
Belgium
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
Liege
UNIVERSITE MONTPELLIER II
France
Address
2 Place Eugene Bataillon
Montpellier