The multifunctional nanocomposites group is interested in nanomaterials and the exploitation of their properties on a macroscopic scale. One of its main activities is the synthesis of macroscopic materials based on nanostructured building blocks, assembled in a way that potentiates stress and charge transfer processes at the nanoscale. The group investigates tailoring the structure of these hierarchical materials through combination with polymers, hybridisation with semiconductors and fine control of the building blocks at a molecular scale. Central to its research is a macroscopic fibre made up carbon nanotubes and produced continuously by spinning an aerogel of CNTs directly from the gas phase during their growth by chemical vapour deposition. Regarded as the next generation high-performance synthetic fibre, this material is already produced industrially and used in various industries including aerospace.

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Energy storage in multifunctional structural composite material

Laminar composite material simultaneously having excellent structural properties and high energy storage efficiency.

Opportunity: Technology license

Electrode for capacitive deionization

Electrode for capacitive deionization in which the active phase and the current collector are included in a single element, i.e. a composite material.

Opportunity: Technology license

Multifunctional sensor for composite materials

Thin sensor laid between dry fabric layers and connected to a simple electrical power meter, that provides real-time information about the resin flow and the gel point during resin infusion and curing, remains embedded in the composite and can be used for structural health monitoring (SHM) and damage detection.

Opportunity: Technology license

Resistive curing of polymers and composite materials

Resistive heating of polymer formulations with a very small fraction of conductive nanocarbon materials. Processing of the polymer can be carried out with conventional power supplies, either with AC or DC.

Opportunity: Technology license

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Our work “Transparent and flexible high-power supercapacitor based on carbon nanotube fibre aerogels”, in collaboration with @IMDEA_Energia has been published in Nanoscale! Check it out!
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We are delighted to announce the launch of the IMDEA Materials 2019 report. This annual report is designed to give you an overview of the Institute and main achievements in 2019. You will also find our current Research Programmes and scientific highlights!

Register for free for the second episode of the IMDEA Materials webinar series. 27th of May at 12.00 pm (GMT +1). Damien Tourret will talk about “Microstructure prediction through multiscale modeling of solidification processing”
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