CONTACT is a research and training project funded by the European Commission's "Marie Curie" programme. CONTACT involves 10 partner organisations from 7 different countries, who will recruit 15 PhD students and 3 post docs for the project.

The research aim of CONTACT is the tailored industrial supply-chain development of CNT-filled polymer composites with improved mechanical and electrical properties. This will involve the optimisation of CNT synthesis and dispersion, and the processing of CNT compounds, as well as the modelling and characterisation of CNT and CNT composites. The new technologies will be upscaled for applications in four industrial case studies: construction, wind blades, electrically conducting parts and electrodes for redox-flow batteries.

The training aim of CONTACT is to prepare the recruited researchers for careers in the field of nanotechnology. This involves both multi-disciplinary scientific training, secondments in both academia and industry, and courses in complementary ("soft") skills.

The project will run from 1st October 2009 – 31st March 2014.


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