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HIENA Report Summary

Project ID: 337739
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: United Kingdom

Mid-Term Report Summary - HIENA (Hierarchical Carbon Nanomaterials)

Nanotechnology is often described at the science of the future with the potential to revolutionise electronic devices, drugs, water filters, energy storage devices and many other products. While some of these materials have been developed recently and require much more investigation before being deployed at an industrial scale, some nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes have been studied intensively since the 1990s, and as a result, their manufacturing techniques are already comparatively mature with yearly global production capacity of thousands of tons. But this is by no means the end of the story, while advances in production capacity are impressive, we are still far off delivering the envisioned disruptive applications listed above. Most engineering applications need materials which are made up of thousands of nanotubes – and therein lies the difficulty. While an individual nanoparticle displays extraordinary properties, put it one next to lots of others without carefully engineering the interactions between the particles and they lose their properties. This is the core challenge our ERC project seeks to address. We are developing new CNT structures with well controlled microscale geometry and nanoscale surface coating and are able to do this over large areas with high yield. This project has pioneered new methods for structuring carbon nanotubes and modifying their surface chemistry. We have demonstrated that this technology allows to fabricate next generation ultra-flexible batteries and many more applications including water filters are currently being developed. Further information is available on the following website:

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