CNPComp2019 : Conference Programme


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Wednesday 17 July


Registration, Poster set-up

10:45-11:00 Welcome
11:00-11:45 KEYNOTE
Composite Materials with Graphene

Prof. Rodney S. Ruoff, UNIST (South Korea)

Mechanics/Interfaces (Chaired by Prof. Brian L. Wardle)
11:45-12:15 INVITED
Graphene Polymer Composites; Interface Effects and Mechanics in Tension and Compression

Prof. Costas Galiotis, FORTH, Patras (Greece)

12:15-12:30 From Bioinspired to Bionic Nanocomposites

Prof. Nicola Pugno, University of Trento (Italy) & Queen Mary, University of London (UK)

12:30-12:45 CNT Fibres: a Micromechanical Model and the Challenges for their Use in Structural Composites

Dr. Juan J. Vilatela, IMDEA (Spain)

12:45-13:00 Bioinpired Graphene-Based Nanocomposites

Prof. Qunfeng Cheng, Beihang University, Beijing (China)

13:00-13:15 The Strength of Mechanically-Exfoliated Monolayer Graphene

Dr. Dimitrios Papageorgiou, University of Manchester (UK)

13:15-13:30 Interfacial Energy Dissipation in Graphene Nanocomposites

Dr. Zheling Li, University of Manchester (UK)


Lunch (barbecue in Arts Quarter Square)


Poster Session (in Mucci's)

Hierarchical Composites (Chaired by Prof. Costas Galiotis)
16:15-16:45 INVITED
On the Role of the Nanostructure in Composites

Prof. Larissa Gorbatikh, KU Leuven (Belgium)

16:45-17:00 Enhancing the Interlaminar Fracture Toughness of Composites by using CNT Films

Prof. Weibang Lyu, SINANO, Suzhou (China)

17:00-17:15 Continuous Production of CNT-grafted Carbon Fibres: A Route to Manufacture Hierarchical Composites

Dr. Hugo G. De Luca, Imperial College London (UK)

17:15-17:30 Hierarchical Composites with High CNT Loadings

Dr. Neptun Yousefi, University of Vienna (Austria)

17:30-18:00 Coffee Break
Functionally Graded Nanocomposites (Chaired by Prof. Larissa Gorbatikh)
18:00-18:30 INVITED
Nanocomposites and Hierarchical Nanoengineered Mechanical and Multifunctional Performance

Prof. Brian L. Wardle, MIT (USA)

18:30-18:45 Magnetic Control of Microstructure in Graphene Nanoplatelet (GNP) Epoxy Composites

Dr. Mark J. Eaton, Cardiff University (UK)

18:45-19:00 Manipulation of Single-Walled CNT in Composites with Electric Fields

Dr. Manuel Morais, Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (Germany)

19:00-19:15 Fabrication of Functionally Graded CNT by Additive Manufacturing Technology: Promises and Challenges

Dr. Devi K. Kalla, University of Denver (USA)

19:15-19:30 GNP/ MWCNT/MCF PEEK Composites for FDM Printing: Paving the Way Towards Smart Structures

Dr. Francesca Nanni, University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy)


Drinks / Refreshment (in Queen's Building Courtyard)

Thursday 18 July

Towards Industrial Applications
09:00-09:10 INVITED
Intro Talk: Carbon based nanostructures for improved industrial products

Prof. Karl Schulte, TUHH (Germany)

09:10-09:25 Large Scale Production of Graphene and Related Layered Materials for Enhanced Composites

Dr. Stephen A. Hodge, Versarien Plc. (UK)

09:25-09:40 New Frontiers in Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes Applications

Dr. Alexander A. Khasin, OCSiAl (Russia)

09:40-09:55 Graphene goes Large – Industrial Scale Adoption of Carbon Nanomaterials in Composites

Dr. Andy Goodwin, First Graphene Ltd. (UK)

09:55-10:10 Characterisation of GNP Prepared by High Pressure Homogenisation: Structure and Morphology

Ms. Valentina Guerra, University of Warwick (UK)

10:10-10:20 INVITED

Prof. Alan Windle, University of Cambridge (UK)

10:20-10:50 Open Panel Discussion
10:50-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-11:45 INVITED
Electrical, Mechanical and Electromechanical Properties of Novel Composites

Prof. Jonathan N. Coleman, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

11:45-12:00 Electrophoretically Deposited CNT-Based Nanostructured Composites on Conventional Textiles for Novel Sensing Applications

Prof. Erik T Thostenson, University of Delaware (USA)

12:00-12:15 Development and Characterisation of Embedded Quantum Resistive Sensors for Monitoring Application

Dr. Mickael Castro, University of South Brittany (France)

12:15-12:30 Negative auge factor piezoresistive composites based on polymers filled with MoS2 nanosheets

Ms. Sonia Biccai, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

12:30-12:45 Highly Stretchable Piezoresistive Strain Sensor Based on Conductive Thermoplastic Vulcanizate

Dr. Subhan Saleh, Prince of Songkla University (Thailand)

12:45-13:00 Self-healing Elastomer-Carbon Nanocomposites for Stretchable Conductors

Prof. Biqiong Chen, Queen’s University Belfast (UK)

13:00-13:15 Engineering Sustainable Nanocomposites for Future Electrical Devices

Dr. Ben Xu, Northumbria University (UK)



Energy Harvesting and Energy Storage
14:15-14:45 INVITED
High Power Factor, Completely Organic Themoelectric Nanocoatings Enables by Carbon Nanoparticles

Prof. Jaime Grunlan, Texas A&M University (USA)

14:45-15:00 Carbon Nanotubes Enable Stretchable Supercapacitors and Batteries

Prof. Bingqing Wei, University of Delaware (USA)

15:00-15:15 Effect of Preparation Conditions on Properties of GNP/PANI and rGO/PANI Composites for Supercapacitor Purpose

Dr. Jürgen Pionteck, IPFDD Dresden (Germany)

15:15-15:30 Carbon Nanostructures in Sustainable Electro- And Photo-Catalysis

Dr. Michele Melchionna, University of Trieste (Italy)

15:30-15:45 Synthesis and Dispersion of P- And N-Type MWNT for Thermoelectric Cementitious Nanocomposites

Dr. Marco Liebscher, Technical University of Dresden (Germany)

15:45-16:15 Coffee break
16:15-16:30 Multifunctional Fibre Reinforced Composites: from Smart Out-of-Oven Manufacturing to Integrated Sensing and De-icing Capabilities

Dr. Han Zhang, QMUL (UK)

16:30-16:45 Tailored Polyurethane Composite Sheets Incorporating High Nanotube Loading for Development of Multifunctional Structures and Coatings

Dr. Yadienka Martinez-Rubi, National Research Council (Canada)

16:45-17:00 Graphene Related Materials for Thermally Conductive Nanocomposites. Which Type Works Best?

Prof. Alberto Fina, Politecnico Torino (Italy)

17:00-17:15 Compression-enhanced Thermal Conductivity of Polymer Composites

Prof. Oren Regev, Ben-Gurion University (Israel)

17:15-17:30 CNT Sea Urchins / Mat Enhanced Highly Thermal Conductive Polymer Composites

Dr. Xiao Zhang, University of Cambridge (UK)

17:30-17:45 Poster Prize


Social Dinner (in the Octagon)

Friday 19 July

Nanoparticle Dispersion: Methods, Measurement, Properties
09:00-09:45 KEYNOTE
Biomimetic Nanocomposites for Energy Technologies and Meta Optics

Prof. Nicholas A. Kotov, University of Michigan (USA)

09:45-10:00 In-line Monitoring of Carbon Nanoparticle Epoxy Dispersion Processes

Prof. Bodo Fielder, TUHH (Germany)

10:00-10:15 Three-dimensional Quantitative Mapping of Particle Concentration in Carbon Nanocomposites

Dr. Sandra Fisher, Imperial College London (UK)

10:15-10:30 High Shear Mixing Processed Epoxy Composites Reinforced with Graphene Nanoplatelet-CNT Hybrid Fillers

Dr. Sergejs Gaidukovs, Riga Technical University, Riga (Latvia)

10:30-10:45 Effect of Graphene Distribution on the Electrical Conductivity of Nanocomposites

Dr. Giovanni Santagiuliana, Queen Mary, University London (UK) & Nanoforce Tech. Ltd. (UK)

10:45-11:00 Influence of CNT in Binary Blend of Poly(Ether-Ketone) and Poly(2,5-Benzimidazole) on Morphology, Electrical Conductivity and Mechanical Properties

Prof. Arup R. Bhattacharyya, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (India)

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
Surface Functionalisation
11:30-12:00 INVITED
Soft Dielectric Materials for Sensing and Energy Harvesting Applications

Prof. Philippe Poulin, CNRS, Bordeoux (France)

12:00-12:15 A Photo-Addressable Liquid Crystalline Phase Transition in Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites

Dr. Maria Crespo, Queen Mary, University of London (UK)

12:15-12:30 Tailoring The Interface Between Graphene And PMMA: PMMA Grafted Graphene As Reinforcement In PMMA Composites

Dr. Cristina Valles, University of Manchester (UK)

12:30-12:45 Tissue-engineered Scaffold Consisting of Electrospun Patterned PLA-based Fibrous Membranes with Antibacterial Property and 3D-printed Skeletons with Elasticity

Dr. Xuetao Shi, NPU, Xian (China)

12:45-13:00 Composites Fibres of PLA and Functionalised Few-Layer Graphene for Ligament Regeneration

Dr. Magda Silva, University of Minho (Portugal)

13:00-13:15 Functionalized Graphene / Silicone Rubber Composites:  Enhancing the Mechanical and Thermal Properties

Dr. Eunice Cunha, University of Manchester (UK)

13:15-13:30 Effects of the Functionalisation of Flax Fibre Fabrics with Carbonaceous Particles on the Mechanical Performances of Polypropylene based Composite Laminates

Dr. Pietro Russo, National Council of Research, Pozzuoli (Italy)

13:30 End