Durham Graphene Science, Dyson Appliances Ltd, Procter and Gamble UK and their academic partners have been awarded a £1,633,244 EPSRC grant.
The funding will be used for research and development of polymer nanocomposites (a plastic containing a nonometre scale filler material) optimised for consumer product applications, which provide a unique opportunity for early adoption and rapid commercial roll-out of new and advanced materials.
Graphene nanocomposites have applications that extend from aerospace and automotive industries to medical and consumer products. Such nanocomposites offer exciting step changes in both structural and functional material performance because the interfacial area between the nanofiller and polymer is greater by orders of magnitude when compared to traditional composites containing glass or carbon filler.
Graphene promises to be the ultimate nanofiller having outstanding and often unsurpassed electronic, mechanical and thermal properties. Procter and Gamble (P&G), Dyson, Durham Graphene Science (DGS) and their academic partner will work on the formulation, processing and prototyping of the graphene composites to deliver a high-volume, low-cost graphene engineering technology that will enable commericalisation of graphene nanocomposites with enhanced mechanical, anti-static and barrier properties. Such properties would deliver consumer benefits through better product performance and extended product life and business and environmental benefits through less raw material being consumed and transported.
Source: Durham Graphene Science