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Science: Graphene nanotubes as breakthrough in polymer industry

Science: Graphene nanotubes as breakthrough in polymer industry

The graphene nanotube-enhanced polymers were among the key topics of discussion at the 2019 Nanoaugmented Materials Industry Summit (NAUM) in Kyoto, Japan, on 5-6 Nov. Innovation is now increasingly in demand because of its versatility and optimal characteristics for each and every sector and even for an ecosystem of greater efficiency and durability, Plastics News Europe reports.

The main challenges in the field of nanopolymers and the perspectives of is using were discussed in Tokyo, during the congress, which gathered 450 delegates from 31 countries. The scientists and engineers from all over the world and almost every industry agreed that graphene nanotubes have a brilliant future.

According to the experts, the new applications for the tiny tubes combine permanent anti-static properties with good mechanical performance. The applications also include carriers, trays, housings, switchers, containers and medical equipment, said Marco Burth, Lehvoss Group product development manager.

Lehvoss has employed the materials to address the issue of radar cross-section (RCS) in wind turbines, which generally interferes with airport-approach radar systems. The graphene nanotubes in thermoplastic components helped in creation of a stealth coated object able to absorb over 99% of the incident radar wave.

In the field of medicine, the graphene nanotubes are in high demand as well. They are suitable for the direct delivery of electrical stimulation to a cell, and for use as tissue material for osteosynthesis and for neural and cardiac repair. They can also be used as a component material for transient electronics and anti-static packaging.

The graphene nanotubes optimise the overall performance of the tyres, improve the abrasion resistance leading to a longer life, bring a strong improvement in a wet grip that boosts safety.

The innovative composite enables excellent electrical conductivity resulting in equipment protection, and allow a unique improvement in rolling resistance that reduces vehicles; energy consumption and emissions, the experts added.