Grand challenges for nanocomposites...
Our nanocomposites capability encompasses both fundamental and applied research to manufacture innovative materials, devices and components with unique properties and functionality.
We're addressing several grand challenges related to nanocomposites:
- To understand the parameters which control the dispersion and distribution of nanoparticles in polymers
- To characterise fully the role of the interface between matrix and nanoparticle in governing nanocomposite properties
- To explore novel combinations of ceramic nanoparticles with polymers for enhanced electromagnetic properties
- To link nanocomposite’s length and time scales into a unified multiscale theoretical framework for predicting their multifunctional properties
What are nanocomposites?
Nanocomposites are formed when a functional material having at least 1 dimension on the nanoscale (<100nm) is dispersed in a matrix, such as a polymer, metal or ceramic. Examples of functional materials include carbon nanotubes, graphene, nano-cellulose, inorganic nanowires, ceramics, layered silicates, layered double hydroxides, and other inorganic nanoparticles. The many unique and extraordinary properties (e.g. electrical conductivity, high current carrying density, thermal conductivity, strength, stiffness, magnetic, optical) of such functional materials can be translated to the matrix material to form a composite material having multifunctional properties including, for example, stimuli-responsive and electromagnetic induction shielding in combination with lightweight.
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