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Carbon Nanotubes for Applications in Electronics, Catalysis, Composites and Nano-Biology (CANAPE) - Publishable Executive Summary

Project ID: 500096
Funded under: FP6-NMP


The CANAPE project aims to deliver some realistic applications of carbon nanotubes. A number of applications are covered, to minimise the risk. Overall, all the deliverables and milestones for year 2 have been met.
The project is organised into 7 technical work packages and 2 other work packages. WP1 is the growth of carbon nanotubes by chemical vapour deposition and the scale-up of production. WP2 is the use of nanotubes and nanostructured carbon as a catalyst in large-scale chemical reactions such as the dehydrogenation of ethyl benzene to styrene. WP3 concerns electronics, and the development of carbon nanotubes for use as metallic interconnects in future integrated circuits, field effect transistors in future integrated circuits, and for field emission-based electron guns in vacuum microelectronics and microwave power amplifiers for satellite base stations. WP4 involves the use of carbon nanotubes in polymer composites, for improved mechanical stiffness or toughness, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity and in potential aerospace applications. WP5 involves the use of carbon nanotubes being ordered and manipulated by techniques found in surface chemistry and biology, for use as bio-sensors. WP6 measures the toxicological effects of carbon nanotubes, fullerenes and nanostructured forms of carbon, to assess possible health risks. WP7 develops the use of carbon nanotubes as catalyst supports and means to improve the electrode efficiency in polymer membrane fuel cells. There are 2 other work packages, WP8 on training and outreach, and WP9 on management.

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