Current problems relating to carbon nano particles (CNP) are: (i) CNP are difficult to disperse and, when dispersed, tend to re-agglomerate, (ii) CNP do not bond strongly to polymers, so the strength of composites is disappointingly low. (iii) CNP are ver y conductive as single particles, but the macroscopic conductivity is low due to high transition resistance between single CNP's. We aim to solve these problems by improved ultrasound dispersion in presence of reactive additives forming complexes with C NP. This solves both dispersion stability problems, and chemical bonding between primed or coated CNP and reactive matrices is enabled. Further, CNP will be metallized using a novel process. This will give us access to a completely new substance class whi ch will be screened in a range of applications of increasing complexity. Firstly, we will produce ultra-thin heat foils, integrated in standard wind power gelcoats, for de-icing purposes. We expect that wind power operators are willing to test these mater ials, still, the time to market is in the order of three years. Also as part of the project, functionalized CNP will be integrated into composite materials. We expect to find that the stronger bonding in the system CNP-primer-matrix yields stronger compos ites. This should significantly improve the competitive position of the applying companies in existing markets. Finally, metallized CNP will be tested at the prototype level in "high risk-high reward" areas, new capacitors, catalysts and other high-tech f ields.The project entails work at the scientific forefront of carbon nano particle technology and applications. A post-doc and likely a subsequent Ph.D. project at NTNU under supervision of prof Geir M Haarberg will be dedicated to chemical synthesis of functionalized / metallized CNP and characterisation of primary and secondary products, including protoype testing of the above mentioned high-tech products.
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