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EPSRC Reference: EP/F032005/1
Title: Functional and Green End-of-life Nanocomposites: Design, Processing and Characterisation
Principal Investigator: Bismarck, Professor A
Other Investigators:
Mantalaris, Professor A
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Renishaw
Department: Department of Chemical Engineering
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 27 May 2008 Ends: 30 September 2011 Value (£): 442,090
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Biomaterials Materials Characterisation
Materials Processing Materials Synthesis & Growth
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing
Related Grants:
EP/F028946/1
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
13 Sep 2007 Materials Prioritisation Panel SEPT (Technology) Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
There is currently a timely opportunity to create dramatically improved green (renewable) and environmentally-friendly biodegradable materials for high volume, low load, and low cost. By manufacturing new bacterial cellulose reinforced bio-derived polymer nanocomposites, a new class of hierarchical composites with both much improved mechanical and environmental performance, as well as reduced through-life costs will be possible. The resulting product will be made completely from renewable resources, and will be totally biodegradable. We are expecting greatly improved materials for which three major applications are envisioned: fibre reinforced green nanocomposites for the automotive and construction industry and foamed nanocomposites as novel insulating materials for the packaging and construction industries.
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Project URL: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/portal/page/portallive/polymersandcompositesengineering/aboutpace/greenmaterials
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