April 20, 2012

Consortium to exploit the potential of graphene and carbon nanotubes launches in Cambridge


Prof. Alan Windle from University of Cambridge addressing delegates at the NCEM-1 dinner.

The 1st Nano-Carbon Enhanced Materials Consortium (NCEM-1) launched at the meeting in Downing College Cambridge, UK yesterday (19th April 2012) and the opening dinner at Trinity Hall Cambridge on 18th April 2012. The consortium brings together potential users from defence, electronics, structural materials, metal refining and power generation industries with a shared interest in understanding the challenges and opportunities of nano-carbon disruptive technologies.

The NCEM-1 Cambridge meeting delegates and consortium members were addressed by leading academics from University of Cambridge and experts in the field of nano-carbon materials: Prof. Bill Milne from Department of Engineering who gave presentation about nano-carbon electronics and Prof. Alan Windle and Dr. Krzysztof Koziol from Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy who presented scientific advances and commercialisation challenges related to carbon nanotube fibre technology. The NCEM-1 consortium members form Nokia Research Centre (UK) and International Copper Association also gave presentation about their vision and challenges related to commercialisation of nano-carbon technologies in mobile electronics and copper metal composite applications.

NCEM-1 delegates at Downing College.

The NCEM-1 Cambridge meeting delegates and consortium members coming from 7 different countries and include: University of Cambridge (UK); Nokia Research Centre (UK); ST Microelectronics (Italy); International Copper Association (USA); Nexans (France); Bosch (Germany); Oxford Instruments (UK), National Grid (UK), Thales UK (UK), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and Codelco (Chile).

Dr Bojan Boskovic, CEO of Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology Ltd, who leads the consortium said: “Delegates are interested in three main areas of application: next generation of electronic materials, smart structural materials, and improved thermal and electrical conductors. We are looking to help development of nano-carbon technologies and facilitate supply chain building. ”

NCEM-1 delegates at Downing College.

Dr Peter Hewkin of Centre for Business Innovation (CfBI) added “The NCEM-1 consortium joins a number of other consortia run by CfBI, these include: Microfluidics, Open Innovation and Inclusive Design, all of which have close links with the University of Cambridge”.

Malcolm Burwell from the International Copper Association commented after the consortium meeting “We all felt that the value obtained from the single meeting that we just had justified the yearly fees on its own.”

The NCEM-1 consortium is open for new members to join and it will initially run for a period of 12 months during which it will visit Scotland, Germany and Belgium. For further details and information how to join please contact Bojan.Boskovic@cnt-ltd.co.uk.

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