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Carbon Nanotubes Processing

Over the past decade MML has developed a unique process for synthesizing carbon nanotubes via the floating catalyst route, and at the same time winding the entangled aerogel into a fibre. The process will work with a variety of different carbon feedstocks and generates a fibre with axial properties in the Kevlar range, but great robustness in bending.

It is thus possible to convert natural gas continuously into a high tech fibre in a single reactor. Current focus of the work is the improvement  of mechanical, electrical and thermal properties for a wide range of applications, some of them multifunctional. Part of this activity is through enhanced control of the spinning process itself, other approaches rely on post spinning processes such as chemical functionalization of the fibre and heat and radiation treatments. The fibre’s unique mechanical robustness stems from the fact that it is a nanoscale yarn, which also means that when incorporated in composites, the matrix penetrates the fibre providing unique level of bonding with the matrix.

Carbon Nanotubes Processing

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Academic Staff

Dr James Elliott, MA (Cantab) CPhys MInstPhys

I work on modelling the mechanical properties (strength and stiffness) of carbon nanotube fibres produced by the direct spinning process.

Prof Alan Windle, ScD FRS

My group is interested in investigating the synthesis process and post-synthesis techniques to optimise the carbon nanotube fibre properties.

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Dr-Ing Thurid Gspann

I investigate the optimisation of the direct spinning process of pure CNT fibres as well as post-synthesis techniques, both with the aim to tailor the CNT fibre properties to specific application.

Dr Jerónimo Terrones Portas, PhD (Cantab)

I investigate different functionalization, dispersion, and “decoration” processes to better incorporate carbon nanotubes into composite materials.

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Congratulations to Dr Chunlei Pei

Mar 31, 2017

Dr Chunlei Pei wins a Young Researcher Prize for an oral presentation at the UK Particle Technology forum held at University of Birmingham on 29th March 2017.

MML Fajita Lunch

Feb 20, 2017

MML group had a pleasant Fajita Lunch on Friday 17th February 2017. We wish everyone has a fruitful and successful new year.

Multi-scale modelling of carbon nanotube reinforced crosslinked interfaces

Jan 28, 2017

A new paper by James A. Elliott and his Turkish collaborators Elif Ozden-Yenigun and Canan Atilgan is published in Computational Materials Science

Chirality-independent characteristic crystal length in carbon nanotube textiles measured by Raman spectroscopy

Jan 28, 2017

A new paper by John S. Bulmer, Thurid S. Gspann, Jon S. Barnard and James A. Elliott is published in Carbon.

MML Christmas Dinner 16-12-16

Dec 23, 2016

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, from the Macromolecular Materials Lab.

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