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SELECTED R&D PROJECTS

Project ELECTROGRAPH
The project was co-financed from FP7 Programme and focused on research of graphene based electrodes for application in super capacitors. Supercapacitors are considered one of the newest innovations in the field of electrical energy storage. In hybrid electric vehicle, supercapacitors can be coupled with fuel cells or batteries to deliver high power needed during acceleration as well as to recover the available energy during regenerative braking.
OBJECTIVE

Proper alignment of graphene sheets and their interconnected nano-scale channels is critical to capacitive performance. Project ELECTROGRAPH thus focused on a large-scale manufacturing of graphene-based electrode materials and the use of eco-friendly room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) electrolytes. The goal was to define and demonstrate the success of processing parameters that achieve tailor-made properties suitable for super capacitors in hybrid electric vehicles. For the case study, a delocalised power supply unit (DPSU) was used to provide energy to distributed vehicle systems with minimal cabling and cost. Three different classes of production methods for graphene and graphene-based materials in sheet-form for use in electrodes was investigated within the project. The project focused also on the investigation of the performance and safety characteristics of a number of RTIL electrolytes in compliance with the EU’s Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) regulation. The results support the safe use of RTIL electrolytes in automotive applications, in contrast to the commercial electrolyte used in state-of-the-art super capacitors. ELECTROGRAPH devoted extensive research to the development of production processes to create a functional device prototype with graphene and graphene-based materials. Besides the transportation sector, these materials could find application in flexible and transparent polymers for a variety of needs.

PARTNERS

Fraunhofer IPA, Centro Ricerche Fiat (CRF), Maxwell Technologies, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Nottingham, Instituto Nacional del Carbon – Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), The Université Paris Diderot –Paris 7, The University of Exeter

Project SPANG
The project was co-financed from FP6 Programme and focused on the development of the low-price synthetic routes for high-quality single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNs). The benchmark method for producing high-quality carbon nanotubes dictates the use of laser ablation. Graphite is evaporated in a laser beam and by means of the right catalyst as well as of the proper process conditions the carbon plasma condenses to quite long, nearly defect-free SWCNs.
OBJECTIVE

The project focused on setting up generators for channel spark ablation, laser ablation and Arc-Jet production and comparing of the products from these methods. These methods are based on optical and Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and thermo gravimetric analysis, as well as on mechanical investigations and electrical and thermal transport measurements (on pressed pellets, entangled films, and composites). The project managed to produce high quality annotates at much larger quantities than presently available and at prices which are more than two orders of magnitude lower.

PARTNERS

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, AT&S Austria, Organic Spintronics, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), SINEUROP-Nanotech, Shanghai Yangtze Nanomaterials Co., Shanghai Nanotechnology Promotion Center

Project NANONET

The project was co-financed from the Slovak Research and Development Fund and focused on preparation of carbon nanotubes and electronic devices based on networks of carbon nanotubes.

Project CENAMOST

The project was co-financed from the Slovak Research and Development Fund and focused on the development of the Centre of Excellence for nano/microelectronic, optoelectronic and sensory technologies.

Project GraphenMoFET

The project was co-financed from the Austrian Research Fund and focused on Graphene – MoS2 heterostructures by PVD and Aerosol Jet® Printing methods.

Project FZU-DNT

The project was co-financed from the Slovak Research and Development Fund and focused on growth of nanocrystalline diamond on carbon nanotubes as novel heterosystems of unique properties).