A variety of carbon nanostructures can be produced through chemical vapour deposition or wet chemical techniques (electrochemical exfoliation, modified Hummer’s method) in different scales with optimized tailored properties. Hybrid structures of carbon nanomaterials with metallic nanoparticles can be also synthesized. Functionalisation of C-Based nanomaterials can achieve better compatibility with the medium that are introduced.
keywords: Carbon nanotubes/Carbon nanofibres, Vertically aligned CNT carpets, Graphene derivatives, Hybrid CNTs
Several polymeric capsules with a variety of diameters are synthesized in R-NanoLab through polymerisation techniques (e.g. radical polymerisation). Core-shell structures of co-polymers are also being synthesised with tailored properties, that respond to external stimuli. The polymeric microcapsules can be upscaled and produced in adequate quantities through wet chemical synthesis pilot reactors.
keywords: Hybrid polymeric capsules, Core-shell particles, SAPs
Several metallic and ceramic nanoparticles are synthesised in R-NanoLab utilising bottom-up wet chemical techniques. To name a few: magnetic nanoparticles based on iron (Fe), mesoporous silica spheres (SiO2), silver nanoparticles (Ag), etc. A wide range of applications is considered for these nanoparticles, including smart debonding applications through induction heating, antimicrobial polymers and filaments, self-healing applications in polymer nanocomposites and others.
keywords: Magnetic nanoparticles, metal oxide nanoparticles, mesoporous silica
A variety of sizing formulations can be developed onto carbon fibres, in order to enhance the adhesion with epoxy or thermoplastic matrices. The addition of nanomaterials has proven to improve either the mechanical or electrical properties of composites. Sensing capabilities can also be introduced with the correct amount and type of nanomaterial.